Manhattan DA Got Innocent People's Google Phone Data Through A 'Reverse Location' Search Warrant

Here’s some NYC news about digital dragnets.

"Albert Fox Cahn, executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project at the Urban Justice Center, said the case illustrates what privacy advocates have long feared.

“When we sign up for Google, we shouldn’t be signing away our core constitutional rights,” he said. “When law enforcement uses these sort of digital dragnets they often will get it wrong, and innocent people will be swept up in the mix.”

In a city as dense as New York, such digital sweeps could gather data on thousands of innocent cell phone users, noted Jerome Greco, a staff attorney in the Legal Aid Society’s Digital Forensics Unit. "