Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hennepin County Minnesota judge approves search warrant seeking the Google search history of anyone who "googled" the name of an ID Theft Victim

The crime: Identity Theft

The search warrant:  Requested by the police and signed by a judge permitting the police to obtain Google search histories of anyone who "googled" the name of the victim, Douglas Junker.

This is happening in Edina, MN - an affluent suburb south of Minneapolis.

From KMSP TV, Fox 9 News
A search warrant requested by Edina Police and approved by a Hennepin County Judge this past February is raising privacy concerns.

The warrant seeks the Google search history of anyone in Edina who googled the name “Douglas Junker”
between December 1 and January 7.

Junker, an Edina resident, was a victim of identity theft that court documents allege cost him $28,000. The thieves allegedly used a photo obtained through a Google search to forge his passport.
From U.S. and the Fourth Amendment:
Whether a particular type of search is considered reasonable in the eyes of the law, is determined by balancing two important interests.  On one side of the scale is the intrusion on an individual's Fourth Amendment rights.  On the other side of the scale are legitimate government interests, such as public safety.
How great is the scale of intrusion seeking the entire internet search history of anyone who searched on the name of the victim? This is a no-brainer. This search warrant cannot possibly be Constitutional.

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