How one guy's exercise routine made him a burglary suspect, thanks to Google's Geofence Warrants

At 30-years-old, Zachary McCoy was really getting his shit together. He'd recently finished his associate's degree in computer programming, and he was exercising on the reg, riding his bike around his Gainesville, Florida neighbor and tracking his progress on the RunKeeper app. Things were looking up — until the morning when he got that fateful email. From NBC News:

It was from Google’s legal investigations support team, writing to let him know that local police had demanded information related to his Google account. The company said it would release the data unless he went to court and tried to block it. He had just seven days.


[McCoy's parents] agreed to dip into their savings to pay for a lawyer. The lawyer, Caleb Kenyon, dug around and learned that the notice had been prompted by a “geofence warrant,” a police surveillance tool that casts a virtual dragnet over crime scenes, sweeping up Google location data — drawn from users’ GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular connections — from everyone nearby. […]

[McCoy] looked up his route [on the RunKeeper app] on the day of the March 29, 2019, burglary and saw that he had passed the victim’s house three times within an hour, part of his frequent loops through his neighborhood, he said.

“It was a nightmare scenario,” McCoy recalled. “I was using an app to see how many miles I rode my bike and now it was putting me at the scene of the crime. And I was the lead suspect.”

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Undercover cop runs a red light and tries to ticket driver who recorded it

An undercover police car ran a red light at an intersection in Brooklyn, almost cutting off a driver who made a legal left turn in front of him. The officer pulled him over and took pleasure in repeatedly asking the driver why he was "shaking so hard." The officer's amusement was cut short when the driver informed the officer that he had a dashcam recording that would prove the officer a liar in court. The cop made one last attempt to nail the driver for not having his current address on his license, but the driver pointed out that he didn't need to get a new license to reflect that.

From YouTube: "Undercover silver police car with three officers, NY Plate HMJ 7410. Approximately around 12-12:15am on March 9th at the intersection of Morgan and Grand." Read the rest