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Use of Google location data in robbery arrest was constitutional, US appeals court rules in first geofencing decision

By Mike Swift
  • 09 Jul 2024 23:40
  • 09 Jul 2024 23:40
In the first ruling by a US appeals court about the controversial practice of “geofencing,” a split three-judge panel today said that a Virginia bank robber's constitutional privacy rights weren't violated when Google was compelled to turned over the precise location data of its users near the crime.
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Mike Swift

Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent


Mike Swift is an award-winning journalist who has been at the forefront of covering data, privacy and cybersecurity regulatory news for more than a decade. As the Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent for MLex, in addition to reporting, he coordinates MLex’s worldwide coverage in the practice area. Formerly chief Internet reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and SiliconValley.com, Mike has covered Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and other tech companies and has closely tracked technology and regulatory trends in Silicon Valley. He has wide ranging expertise from the business of professional sports to computer-assisted reporting. A former John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, he is a graduate of Colby College.

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