May 122017
 
 May 12, 2017  Court, Online, Surveillance  Add comments

You had to know I’d do a follow-up on the story where a Minnesota judge issued a search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim’s name in an entire US town.

Did law enforcement’s strategy work? We don’t yet know.

Miguel Otárola reports that once the search was narrowed, there was only one record produced by Google from the search. That’s a far, far cry from the concerns at the time that the search would scoop up too many people’s records, but Google says the limited outcome was precisely because they fought to limit/narrow the search.

Neither Google nor Edina officials explained how the search was specified or what information was turned over to police. As of Friday, no arrest had been made in the case, Edina spokeswoman Jennifer Bennerotte said, but she declined to comment on the investigation.

Read more on the Star Tribune.

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