The filing had been submitted in July, but wasn’t made public until October 6th.
The fire happened outside a home in Kissimmee, Florida. So federal agents got a search warrant requiring Google to identify “users who had searched the address of the Residence close in time to the arson,” according to a newly unsealed search warrant affidavit pic.twitter.com/k3q6xj3ACy
Williams’ lawyer, Todd Spodek, intends to challenge the warrant for allegedly violating his client’s rights. Search warrants are normally targeted at a narrow group of likely suspects — this was aimed at anyone looking for certain terms. It could be “misconstrued or used improperly,” Spodek said.
Experts are concerned that “reverse” warrants, including geofence warrants that target everyone in a given area, violate Fourth Amendment rights protecting against overly broad searches. A federal judge in Illinois has already ruled that the approach violates the Fourth