‘Not long ago, British soldiers claimed absolute power and imposed their will over the settlers who formed the thirteen American colonies. Lawlessly, the red coats would barge right in to homes and businesses, taking information without a warrant. The British Empire took up residence in colonists’ homes, breaking in and superseding the rights of individual property owners.
After the colonists fought back and won the Revolutionary War, the framers made it a priority to establish future protections against unlawful searches and seizures. The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution was written to protect privacy and property and prevent warrant-less searches and seizures. The Amendment also requires that search warrants describe the item being searched and the people or property that may be seized.
Today, Google Inc. is gathering volumes of personal information, location data, unique photo pixel “fingerprints” and other forms of intelligence on every person who uses their products. It’s deeply troubling that Google has become a data collection hub, but even more disturbing is that they are working with foreign governments and law enforcement agencies to circumvent the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Google’s latest algorithm to scan images on people’s personal hard drives for law enforcement purposes
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is sounding the alarm that Google is helping U.S. intelligence agencies conduct warrant-less searches. If intelligence operatives want to investigate a person’s home, they must have probable cause and ask a judge to sign a warrant describing the objects they seek. When it comes to the digital world, police do not abide by the same rules of conduct. Because no face-to-face meeting is required to access digital files, police feel they are free to peruse through a person’s private information which has been conveniently collected by Google and stockpiled in one easy-to-access location. Police can easily conduct a warrant-less search of digital information because Google owns the information, not the private individual. This is how law enforcement can circumvent privacy laws and the fourth amendment.’