LockFile Ransomware Targets Server In Microsoft Exchange.

-

Google said the company has “seen a rise” in the number of warrants that call on Google to identify users based on their location history — data that the company collects from people using its mobile services and which bolsters Google’s advertising business. 

In 2018, Google received 982 geofence warrants. The following year, it rose to 8,396. Last year, it jumped to 11,554. In all, Google received 20,932 geofence warrants in that window. While Google only disclosed figures from those three years, the company said it’s gotten requests since 2016. 

Google published the numbers for the first time as part of its latest transparency report, in which it discloses requests for user data from government agencies and other organizations. TechCrunch earlier reported on the geofence warrant figures. 

“We vigorously protect the privacy of our users while supporting the important work of law enforcement,” a Google spokesman said in a statement. “We developed a process specifically for these requests that is designed to honor our legal obligations while narrowing the scope of data disclosed.”

The figures come as Google and other Silicon Valley companies face scrutiny for their privacy practices and their handling of people’s personal information. In 2019, Google drew blowback for its involvement with geofence warrants after a report by The New York Times about Sensorvault, a Google database with detailed location records from hundreds of millions of phones around the world. The database is meant to collect information on the users of Google’s products so the company can better target them with ads and see how effective those ads are. But law enforcement has tapped into the data for help in solving cases.

In Thursday’s report, Google said it had received the most requests in 2020 from law enforcement in California, with 1,909 warrants. The jurisdictions with the least requests were Hawaii and Maine, with one warrant each. 

In 2018, Google received 982 geofence warrants. The following year, it rose to 8,396. Last year, it jumped to 11,554. In all, Google received 20,932 geofence warrants in that window. While Google only disclosed figures from those three years, the company said it’s gotten requests since 2016. 

Google published the numbers for the first time as part of its latest transparency report, in which it discloses requests for user data from government agencies and other organizations. TechCrunch earlier reported on the geofence warrant figures. 

“We vigorously protect the privacy of our users while supporting the important work of law enforcement,” a Google spokesman said in a statement. “We developed a process specifically for these requests that is designed to honor our legal obligations while narrowing the scope of data disclosed.”

The figures come as Google and other Silicon Valley companies face scrutiny for their privacy practices and their handling of people’s personal information. In 2019, Google drew blowback for its involvement with geofence warrants after a report by The New York Times about Sensorvault, a Google database with detailed location records from hundreds of millions of phones around the world. The database is meant to collect information on the users of Google’s products so the company can better target them with ads and see how effective those ads are. But law enforcement has tapped into the data for help in solving cases.

In Thursday’s report, Google said it had received the most requests in 2020 from law enforcement in California, with 1,909 warrants. The jurisdictions with the least requests were Hawaii and Maine, with one warrant each. 

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Latest news

7 TECH TIPS THAT WILL HELP YOU SMASH YOUR BUSINESS GOALS 2024

Table of Contents1. Make use of keyboard shortcuts2. A universe of widgets and integrations3. Use technology to defeat technology4....

10 Best Backpacking and Camping gadgets 2024

Table of Contents10 Best Backpacking and Camping gadgets1. Living Lodge at Snow Peak M2. Camper JISULIFE Fan3. NOMAD Smoker...

20 Cool Smart home Gadgets on Amazon 2024, trend this year!

Table of Contents20 Cool Smart home Gadgets on Amazon1. Twelve South AirFly Pro Bluetooth Wireless Audio Transmitter/Receiver:2. PhoneSoap Dual...

Top 10 gadgets to buy under Rs.1000

Table of ContentsTop 10 gadgets to buy under Rs.1000 on Amazon India1. pTron Bullet Pro 36W PD Quick Charge2....

Latest Updates

Must read

Google Pixel Buds Pro Will Be Soon Available In 13 Countries

The Google Pixel Buds Pro were announced during the...

Honor Tablet 8 With Snapdragon 680 SoC, 7,250mAh Battery Launched

The Magic UI 6.1 operating system and an octa-core...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x