UPDATE – Democrats move to ban the sale of phone geotracking data.
But now he claims it has been debunked.
Barr said “in my opinion” which lawyer speak legally means he knows he is not making a statement of fact. I can say in my opinion the Moon is made of cheese under oath because an opinion is legally not a statement of fact.
If former Attorney General Bill Barr thinks geotracking/geofencing technology has been debunked, why was his Department of Justice (DoJ) using it to find suspects and prosecute people?
Geofence warrants: How police can use protesters’ phones against them.
The searches, sometimes known as reverse location requests, increased fivefold from 2018 to 2019.
Thousands of people have been arrested nationwide following protests over police brutality sparked by the killing of George Floyd, who died after being pinned down by officers in Minneapolis. On Tuesday, BuzzFeed News reported that the Drug Enforcement Agency had been given authority to conduct surveillance on protesters.
Geofence warrants, sometimes known as reverse location searches, are just one of those tools. They effectively allow police to get information on every protester through one single request. Google, which gets the majority of these requests because of its location history feature, said it only provides data from that feature, which needs to be opt-in.
Google saw a 15-fold increase in geofence requests from 2017 to 2018. The following year, it increased fivefold, the company said in court documents. A New York Times report from April 2019 found that Google received as many as 180 requests a week.
Forbes reported in December 2019 that in an investigation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Google provided records on 1,500 phone locations from a reverse location search.