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This is How Google Responds to a U.S. Search Warrant

Privacy. Privacy. Privacy. It’s such a painful topic to discuss. We hate it. The government hates it. Google hates it. You hate it. But it’s a hot item thanks to all of those just mentioned. As is such, Google needs to keep addressing your privacy in order to keep many of you using their services.

In their latest privacy-focused video, Google discusses how it handles U.S. search warrants that have been received from a criminal investigation on one of its users, while maintaing privacy. The video walks through the entire process from investigator to search warrant to judge to that warrant being served on Google. Once it hits Google, a number of people touch the warrant, deciding how much information is needed, if the warrant is too vague and needs to be sent back to investigators, and then if the user needs to be notified.

It’s worth a watch, criminals.

  • terrorist96

    This is how they respond to search warrants. How do they respond to “National Security Letters”?

  • Thats the best video demo I’ve seen in a long time….Love it

  • Travis Walls

    1:10 is priceless…

  • Boxing News Now

    Google is so concerned about what they give to the Feds, according
    the video, but that’s not what the users are worried about. WE are worried
    about the fact that they HAVE all that info and that everyone, but the feds, are
    willing to buy it and of course, Google is willing to sell it. It’s how
    they make the majority of their money.

    • JRomeo

      Google sells quantified data. For example if you want to run an advertisement for your honda auto-repair shop… how can you target your ads so that only people that own a honda sees it? as a user, if I start searching for honda repair shops in my city, that’ll flag google, and your ad will get served, instead of that ad for whatever else. google sells you the ability to target a more specific audience…. but the buyer of that information still won’t know my name, or where i live, or anything of that sort.

  • BillySuede

    the feds won’t be too happy with google sharing this info. prepare for a drone strike, boys

    • SparkysShocker

      As if Google doesn’t have counter measures in place for said drone strike.

      • BillySuede

        ray kurzweil and andy rubin laugh at the federal government.

  • Whodoneit22

    Uh oh!

  • joseph barrientos

    now what happens when the NSA doesnt use a warrant…

    • panicswhenubered

      NSA just goes straight to 2:10 of the video…

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  • Andrew

    They need to make another video that focuses on what happens when the NSA wants a users data.

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    • hurrpancakes

      If you’re using their services, that wouldn’t make a difference difference difference.

      • you obviously dont know how to properly use one then. If I use a VPN server in Germany or Switzerland and only ever use google from that connection please explain to me how exactly the US government would use a warrant to track me down?

        • hurrpancakes

          If you have a US Google account, your data is stored in America, and therefore susceptible to a US warrant regardless of where you access it. I supposed if you have a foreign Google account the rules may be different, but I don’t know where Google (an American company) stores its data for those accounts.

          • Regardless the trail would go back to the connection which would be a foreign country where they do not have to abide or even acknowledge such papers. All Im saying is if you are doing shady stuff might want to know how to cover yourself. Hell even if you are straight I would recommend covering your backside.

  • Drew Chapman

    Unrelated but I use a nickname my friends call me as my Twitter handle. I got arrested once and when I was getting finger printed the cop called me by that name. I couldn’t think of anyway he would have known that other than Twitter. Really freaked me out. I asked him how he knew to call me that and his response was “Isn’t that what your friends call you on the street when your slinging dope?” Don’t you hate it when marijuana is referred to as dope.. But all in all to that day I realized how safe the internet truely is.

    • calculatorwatch

      Well technically marijuana does increase dopamine levels which is what “dope” refers to. But yeah, glad I live in Colorado where we’ve separated it from the real drugs.

    • Gr8Ray

      “I use a nickname my friends call me as my Twitter handle.”
      “a nickname my friends call me”
      “a nickname”

      “I couldn’t think of anyway he would have known that other than Twitter.”


      • Drew Chapman

        And the fact its a play off my last name…. But when he called for me from the drunk tank instead of asking for me by my given name he just called out the nickname… As if he already knew.

  • hickhamt

    i like the cow…..

  • calculatorwatch

    I wonder if the warrant can include location data from the criminal’s phone. It’d be pretty hard to run from the cops with Google telling them exactly where you are!

    • michael arazan

      Unless you toss your phone into someone else’s car or truck or a city bus.

  • Zac S

    They will also let you know when a warrant is issued by suggesting different attorneys on your google now page!

    • cwillen

      I wonder if they also add the court date to your Google Calendar…

      • Zac S

        I’d hope so! That’s real life innovation right there!

    • michael arazan

      I wonder if Google Alerts will give people a heads up before the police show up at their door

  • I don’t know how many criminals read DL Kellex. Sorry to disappoint you 😛

    • Shane Redman

      or care

    • K

      I’m sure there are a few criminals lurking in these DL comments 😛

      • The Narrator

        yeah one time i stole a chocolate bar. i’m a badass.

    • Criminal

      No, we don’t read this site. THEY!, THEY! don’t read this site. Phew…That was close.

    • Kevin

      Funny how you don’t have to be a “criminal”.

    • Cowboydroid

      The average person commits seven felonies in their lifetime? Chances are, you’re a criminal according to the state, whether you’re aware of it or not.

      • Hardly a reasonable statistic. Lots of people have way more than 7, so that skews all the people who have little to none.

        • Cowboydroid

          Actually, just looked it up…it’s 3 a day. Like I said, it’s according to the government. Whether you intended on committing a crime or not is irrelevant, to them.

          “There’s no way to rule innocent men.
          The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals.
          Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them.
          One declares so many things to be a crime
          that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”

          • 3 what a day?

          • Cowboydroid

            Read my previous post for context, Mr. Goldfish.

          • If I’m too assume your context, then that means you went from saying people commit 7 felonies in their lifetime to 3 per day. Talk about a huge difference.