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Coalition Urges Google to Disclose Information on “Keyword” and “Geofence Warrants”

On December 8, 2020, the Brennan Center joined fifty-nine other organizations in calling on Google to improve its transparency reporting regarding law enforcement’s use of novel warrants to expand access to Google’s data.

Last Updated: December 10, 2020
Published: December 10, 2020

The letter specifically identifies two kinds of warrants: so-called “keyword warrants,” which identify every user who has searched for a specific keyword, phrase, or address, and “geofence warrants,” which compel disclosure of all devices in a geofenced area. These blanket warrants circumvent constitutional checks on police surveillance, creating a virtual dragnet of our religious practices, political affiliations, sexual orientation, and more. We asked Google to include a semiannual breakdown of these requests in their transparency reports to aid civil society groups in tracking their growth over time.