Do You Google?

Google receives over 100,000 requests for activity reports about its users every year.  This number is steadily growing.  Often, the police request information about Google use in a particular area.  This information included what towers were "pinged" by certain phones to show location.  Police used the collection of locations for hundreds of people to narrow down which individuals were in certain areas during the commission of a crime. By compiling all the "pings" of the cell phones around crimes thought t be related, the detectives working the case were able to narrow their list of suspects to just those present in at each of the crimes.  They did not just narrow it to what individuals were at each scene, but what handful were present at EVERY scene.

             Location services are not the only things that Google receives request to provide.  Your internet search history can be made available under certain circumstances.  Be careful what you Google, you never know who is watching. 

             How can this help civilians in litigation?  If you own a device, or have court ordered authority to extract the data therefrom, you can see the entire picture of a person's activities relative to your case.  The applications are endless.  You can know details such as if the driver who caused your accident was talking on the phone.  You can track which empties searched for "How to sell trade secrets."  Your imagination is your only limitation.

             The applications do not limit themselves to just Google.  Information of your daily activities are tracked by nearly every website you visit.  Internet searches, social media, photographs and texts.  All leave a digital footprint.  Deleting them is never erasing them from cyberspace.  Often, Black Swan can retrieve information that was thought to be long destroyed.

             These tools are no longer only available to the government and law enforcement. Arm yourself with the best evidence available. Google it.  It's the truth!

Jordan Smith