The Verge reported that a man in Florida unexpectedly became a suspect in a burglary near his home despite never appearing on the scene.
According to an investigation by NBC News , Zachary McCoy did not show up at the house when the burglary occurred and the RunKeeper cycling tracking application was the main cause of the confusion.
McCoy just accidentally turned on location on the phone and this provided the geographic location for Google apps. When the police gathered information, Google’s location data unexpectedly placed McCoy on the scene of the burglary.
|Zachary McCoy cycled three times through the house where the burglary occurred on the day of the crime and was considered the prime suspect. Photo: NBC News.|
Based on data provided by Google, McCoy has cycled 3 times through the house where the burglary occurred on the day of the crime and is considered a prime suspect even though this is only part of the daily cycling route through the area. city.
McCoy was unexpectedly contacted by Google’s legal investigation team in January. In the email, it stated that McCoy had seven days to block the disclosure of information by going to court or Google would hand over his data to the scene. close.
In a panic, McCoy searched and discovered she was suddenly involved in a robbery that happened 10 months earlier. McCoy then quickly went to his parents’ house and was given some savings to hire a lawyer.
After the police verified the necessary information, McCoy was finally cleared and removed from the suspect list even though he accidentally pedaled across the scene.
According to NBC News , the frequency of police using “geofence warrant” is increasing significantly at 1,500% from 2017-2018 and 500% between 2018-2019.
Compared to positioning via telephone waves, geolocation techniques are thought to be more optimal. It can help functional authorities collect location even when users do not call or do not use applications through Google’s huge data warehouse.