Russell Brandom reports on another case where law enforcement served Google with a search warrant,
asking for data that would identify any Google user who had been within 100 feet of the bank during a half-hour block of time around the robbery. They were looking for the two men who had gone into the bank, as well as the driver who dropped off and picked up the crew, and would potentially be caught up in the same dragnet. It was an aggressive technique, scooping up every Android phone in the area and trusting police to find the right suspects in the mess of resulting data. But the court found it entirely legal, and it was returned as executed shortly after.
Read more about this type of reverse warrant on The Verge, and then think about whether you leave for your cellphone’s default settings for location ON or OFF.