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Google ordered to reveal identities of everyone who did a search for name of fraud victim

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Judge demands firm hands over searchers’ payment information and IP addresses

Google has been ordered to reveal identities of everyone who searched for a recent fraud victim’s name.

SINCE EDWARD SNOWDEN’S REVELATIONS, it has been public knowledge that the US national security agencies are able to trawl search engine logs to identify who is searching for what, but that right has now been extended to a local police department.

Police in Edina, Minnesota, have been granted court order requiring that Google hands over the identities of all those searching for the name of a local victim of fraud. The warrant was granted by Hennepin County Judge Gary Larson.

The wiretap fraud case involves identity theft, with a falsified passport being faxed to a credit union from a spoofed phone number, by which means fraudsters were able to extract $28,500 from the account of a local resident Douglas (surname redacted).

Under the terms of the court order Google is required hand over the following information about anyone who searched for Douglas’s name between 1 December 2016 and 7 January 2017: “Names, address(es), telephone number(s), dates of birth, social security numbers, email addresses, payment information, account information, IP addresses, and MAC addresses of the person(s) who requested/completed the search”.

The court order came to light after it was discovered by Minneapolis journalist and public records activist Tony Webster…..

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