Google will inject you into police investigations, according to an article published by the UK Daily Mail.
Police are demanding Google turn over mobile phone data from not just suspects, but also people who just happened to be near a crime scene.
The Raleigh Police Department in North Carolina requested the data in at least four criminal investigations last year, according to Raleigh local news agency WRAL.
The investigations spanned cases involving murder, sexual battery and possible arson.
So, if you are ever near an “incident” that police are investigating, they can find out that you were in the area and haul you in for questioning.
Police using Google to aid investigations
Officially, we don’t know for sure that Google has cooperated with governement officials:
It’s unclear if Google provided all the requested data, but the details outlined in WRAL’s report have raised concerns by privacy advocates.
However, Google has a longstanding reputation for abusive behavior that tramples on the civil rights of its users.
Please note: “The requested data wasn’t limited to Android phones, but devices running any kind of location-enabled Google app. ” In other words, having an iPhone won’t keep you safe.
Quick Tip: When you carry your mobile phone with you everywhere, you can become part of police investigations as either a witness or a suspect. If you want to stay in control of your life without being forced to explain why you were at a certain place at a certain time, leave your phone at home.