This doesn’t actually have anything to do with the coronavirus. But it is the lunacy of the coronavirus hysteria that is making it possible.
Police in Minneapolis obtained a search warrant ordering Google to turn over sets of account data on vandals accused of sparking violence in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd last year, TechCrunch has learned.
The death of Floyd, a Black man killed by a white police officer in May 2020, prompted thousands to peacefully protest across the city. But violence soon erupted, which police say began with a masked man seen in a viral video with an umbrella and smashing windows of an auto-parts store in south Minneapolis. The AutoZone store was the first among dozens of buildings across the city set on fire in the days following.
The search warrant compelled Google to provide police with the account data on anyone who was “within the geographical region” of the AutoZone store when the violence began on May 27, two days after Floyd’s death.
These so-called geofence warrants — or reverse-location warrants — are frequently directed at Google in large part because the search and advertising giant collects and stores vast databases of geolocation data on billions of account holders who have “location history” turned on. Geofence warrants allow police to cast a digital dragnet over a crime scene and ask tech companies for records on anyone who entered a geographic area at a particular time. But critics say these warrants are unconstitutional as they also gather the account information on innocent passers-by.
TechCrunch learned of the search warrant from Minneapolis resident Said Abdullahi, who received an email from Google stating that his account information was subject to the warrant, and would be given to the police.
But Abdullahi said he had no part in the violence and was only in the area to video the protests when the violence began at the AutoZone store.
The warrant said police sought “anonymized” account data from Google on any phone or device that was close to the AutoZone store and the parking lot between 5:20pm and 5:40pm (CST) on May 27, where dozens of the people in the area had gathered.
When reached, Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder, citing an ongoing investigation, would not answer specific questions about the warrant, including for what reason the warrant was issued.
According to a police affidavit, police said the protests had been relatively peaceful until the afternoon of May 27, when a masked umbrella-wielding man began smashing the windows of the AutoZone store, located across the street from a Minneapolis police precinct where hundreds of protesters had gathered. Several videos show protesters confronting the masked man.
Police said they spent significant resources on trying to identify the so-called “Umbrella Man,” who they say was the catalyst for widespread violence across the city.
As you all know, a black man can’t be arrested for rioting, so this is all about setting a precedent.
You probably remember the Umbrella Man.
The blacks themselves were saying he was a cop. It was a white man.
Most of the clips have been deleted, but this horrible leftist Sam Seder has the video of the blacks calling him a cop.
The government later came out and said he was a “white supremacist,” as you can see in this local news clip.
Whoever he is, he is the person being cited as the reason for this mass warrant.
However, what we should remember is this: getting a mass warrant like this is not as bad as what they did after the Capitol Storm. After that event, the intelligence services just bought all of the location data from Google, without even having a warrant.
If they can just buy the location data, then why can’t they buy all the rest of the data from these companies? There is no reason they can’t. There is no reason to assume that they are not actively buying all of your private messages from Facebook and Google.
So, there is no privacy. None of your information is safe at all.
This is no longer about “mass warrants,” which is insane enough.