Google Tips Off Police That They Can Use Timeline Feature to Track People

Sunday, November 8, 2015
By Paul Martin

Investigators can obtain unprecedented access to users’ location history data with the help of a recent expansion of the Google Timeline feature, according to the Intercept.

The Intercept reported that a recent expansion of Google’s Timeline feature can help investigators get unprecedented access to users’ location history data; the feature allows them to track down a person’s every move over the course of years.

The Intercept referred to a report titled “Google Timelines: Location Investigations Involving Android Devices” that was recently circulated to law enforcement.

“The expansion of Google’s Timeline feature, launched in July 2015, allows investigators to request detailed information about where someone has been — down to the longitude and latitude — over the course of years,” the Intercept said.

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