480: Google's 1984 Moment

24 August 2022

We're spooked to learn how one man's life has been turned upside down just because he used Google Photos.

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  • Deirdre Connolly¹ on Twitter — “Fun” reveal in this story: per the (erroneous) referral to police, Google complied with a warrant for this user’s /entire Google search history/, as well as location history, messages, and any documents they had associated with the account
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