Google is sharing user data tied to search keywords with law enforcement

Google is still drawing criticism for the data it hands over to police. Detroit News reporter Robert Snell has reviewed court documents (via CNET) showing that Google handed over IP addresses for users who searched for a specific address shortly before someone set fire to the car of a witness in the racketeering case against accused sex offender R. Kelly. The search keyword warrant led to the arrest of Michael Williams, an associate of R. Kelly’s, on charges of both arson and witness tampering.

Agents linked IP addresses to Williams’ phone number and followed up with a warrant for details of Williams’ Google account, finding that he also looked up phrases such as “witness intimidation” and “countries that don’t have extradition with the United States.” The investigators also obtained a search warrant to obtain location info from Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) showing that Williams’ phone had traveled from his

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New California law bans sharing crime scene photos after images leaked of Kobe Bryant’s chopper crash

By Sarah Moon, Scottie Andrew and Stella Chan, CNN

A California bill inspired by leaked photos of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant passed this weak, banning law enforcement from sharing graphic crime scene photos off the job.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an invasion of privacy bill on Monday which would make it illegal for first responders to share photos of a deceased person at a crime scene “for any purpose other than an official law enforcement purpose.”

Crews behind a screened fence remove Kobe Bryant’s memorial at L.A. Live on February 3, 2020 as a few scattered items are left around Staples Center. A new law in California bans the sharing of crime scene photos after images of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash were leaked.(Sarah Reingewirtz/MediaNews Group) 

AB 2655 was first introduced by Assemblymember Mike Gipson after Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies allegedly shared graphic photos of the

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