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Accidental leak reveals US government
has secretly hit Google with 'keyword
warrants' to identify ANYONE searching
certain names, addresses, and phone numbers

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Posted By: Ribicon, 10/6/2021 12:15:26 PM

The U.S. government is using 'keyword warrants' to uncover the identity of anyone who searches Google and other search engines for certain search terms that may be related to a crime, according to a new report. The controversial practice, which is already drawing civil liberties concerns about sweeping government overreach, was revealed on Tuesday in 'accidentally unsealed' court documents obtained by Forbes. Keyword warrants—which have been secretly employed for at least several years—are drawing backlash as many argue they violate an individual's constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. 'Trawling through Google's search history database enables police to identify people merely based on what they might have been thinking


The Google and Facebook arms of the Stasi are not only effective, but in a classically American way, they're profitable, too, and people even "share" their information voluntarily, safe in the belief that they are not considered an enemy of the state for whatever reasons the state may have at the moment.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: ladydawgfan 10/6/2021 12:25:04 PM (No. 937037)
Why Bing, Brave and Duck Duck Go are my search engines of choice.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: hershey 10/6/2021 12:35:04 PM (No. 937049)
Remember, just because you don't think you're being watched, doesn't mean you aren't...ain't computers wunnerful????
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Reply 3 - Posted by: ThreeBadCats3 10/6/2021 12:45:20 PM (No. 937064)
Too much information available out there. We would be better off having to look things up in an encyclopedia. Like the good old days. Why do they care about other people’s life and thoughts?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Highlander 10/6/2021 12:57:10 PM (No. 937090)
Reminds me of "Minority Report." You're guilty before you commit the crime.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Sardonic 10/6/2021 12:58:36 PM (No. 937096)
Would be great if we could get the list of the keywords they target, then spend a few days (all Lucianne people) doing google searches with those keywords.....
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Come And Take It 10/6/2021 12:59:48 PM (No. 937098)
Google IS the US Government. Wake the F up people. They put it right in your face by calling the company that 'owns' Google Alphabet. As in 'Alphabet Agency'. Google is a wholly own subsidiary of the NSA. Every search, every use of a google app, every time you go to a website using a google phone, you have been tracked and cataloged. Every single time.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: itsonlyme 10/6/2021 1:20:56 PM (No. 937131)
I just typed into Google search: displeased with our current administration There's a chance that I'll be labeled as a "domestic terrorist". The Swamp Gestapos don't like searchable warrants. What's that tire screeching I hear down the street?
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Geoman 10/6/2021 1:23:17 PM (No. 937134)
FTA: "Keyword warrants — which have been secretly employed for at least several years — are drawing backlash as many argue they violate an individual's constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure." I don't know if it is clever misdirection to deflect criticism from Biden but if the above quote is accurate, this started under the Trump administration.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Catherine 10/6/2021 1:23:38 PM (No. 937136)
Best advice I ever got while working at a hospital: never do anything on your computer you don't want read in court.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: downnout 10/6/2021 1:27:43 PM (No. 937142)
Google = Evil.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: bad-hair 10/6/2021 1:43:31 PM (No. 937163)
The Republic of Texas approaches. Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, S Dakota, N Dakota, Montana, Alberta (Canada), Saskatchewan (Canada), Manitoba (Canada), and a few states along the sides. Let's go EAST. Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida. We have every shipping port in The Gulf of Mexico and half the Atlantic and more oil than the Saudis ever dreamed of. California and New York can print their own money. If they want to trade they can use Panama. We WILL protect our borders ,north, south, east, and west. If you're coming to visit Texas bring your US passport with the pre-approved visitor's visa.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: stablemoney 10/6/2021 1:59:50 PM (No. 937185)
They have a video of the Austin bomber buying his supplies at Home Depot. Everything is under surveillance, including your bank account, credit cards, license plate tracking, gps positioning. They know where you are sitting, what you are doing, what you are saying, and thinking. They know who you voted for, where you work or don't, the names of all the relations, and all the neighbors. And they read your emails, and regular mail at the post office, when they get you in their focus. They know if you are not vaccinated, and have plans to torment you, and get you fired.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Kumoan 10/6/2021 2:03:35 PM (No. 937189)
I thought Bing was a Windows creation...? Ewwwww!
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Reply 14 - Posted by: JL80863 10/6/2021 2:15:08 PM (No. 937207)
As if we needed another reason to not use Google.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Gordon Mills 10/6/2021 2:17:55 PM (No. 937209)
#7, just typed in F*** Joe Biden ( without the * ). We'll see how it goes.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: chance_232 10/6/2021 2:22:32 PM (No. 937216)
I'm naturally curious, so I do web searches frequently on items of interest. I like to know how things are built, how they operate etc for no other reason than to satisfy my curiosity. From the list that I saw, I'm sure that I've popped in more than one search.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: DVC 10/6/2021 4:01:19 PM (No. 937297)
This will never be reported by the US Enemedia, of course.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: DVC 10/6/2021 4:07:40 PM (No. 937303)
Google is evil. Never use Google for anything.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: mc squared 10/6/2021 4:14:25 PM (No. 937306)
You know that all Android cellphones run Google software. Can't opt out.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: KTWO 10/6/2021 4:47:28 PM (No. 937340)
I immediately felt that such a 'keyword' warrant must be unconstitutional re.4th Amendment. And would a judge issue such a warrant? It sounds too vague. Now, having reread that Amendment, I see how it might not prevent such searches. Text follows: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
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Reply 21 - Posted by: smokincol 10/6/2021 4:48:26 PM (No. 937341)
Great!!! that means all the Criminal Justice undergrad and post-grad students are gonna be whacked by the feebs because they're writing papers on criminality and criminals and criminal acts - one more invasion of privacy by the demcommie dept. of certainly not "justice"
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Reply 22 - Posted by: formerNYer 10/6/2021 6:32:06 PM (No. 937408)
F joe xiden and F google.
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