[Ed. – Google hasn’t responded yet, apparently. But this is indeed worrisome. In a city the size of Minneapolis, there could be hundreds or thousands users who made a search using some variations of the terms in question. And only one might be the perp. Or might not be! This is a fishing expedition if ever there was one.]
While the behemoth internet company continues its pushback against conservative opinions in America, many believe that the invasiveness of Google products into our daily lives should come with some privacy protection. Unfortunately for the people of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the police force there has an utterly different opinion of the 4th Amendment, and Google may just play along with it.
An Orwellian precedent is underway just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, which could be the downfall of Internet freedom as we know it. Police in Edina, MN, have been granted a warrant requiring Google to determine everyone in an entire city who has used its search engine to look up a specific term and identify them to authorities.
The case doesn’t involve some massive terror plot to destroy an entire city or a high-level child trafficking ring. It is for a wire-fraud crime — worth less than $30,000. However, if Google caves to the warrant, it could set off a precedent that will undoubtedly be used by police across the country.
According to the warrant, Google must help police determine who searched for variations of the victim’s name between December 1 of last year through January 7, 2017.