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Colorado court upholds Google keyword search warrant which led to arrests in fatal arson
Colorado’s highest court has upheld the search of Google users’ keyword history to identify suspects in a fatal arson fire
DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s highest court on Monday upheld the search of Google users' keyword history to identify suspects in a 2020 fatal arson fire, an approach that critics have called a digital dragnet that threatens to undermine people's privacy and their constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.
However the Colorado Supreme Court cautioned it was not making a “broad proclamation” on the constitutionality of such warrants and emphasized it was ruling on the facts of just this one case.
At issue before the court was a search warrant from Denver police requiring Google to provide the IP addresses of anyone who had searched over 15 days for the address of the home that was set on fire, killing five immigrants from the West African nation of Senegal.