Google tracked his bike ride past a burglarized home. That made him a suspect.

Zachary McCoy used an exercise-tracking app, RunKeeper, to record his rides.. image: Agnes Lopez / for NBC News

Big data when used without limits or oversight often results in privacy breaches and wrongful assumptions.

Police can now get personal details of individuals after a geofence warrant without them being a suspect already.

Google said in a court filing last year that the requests from state and federal law enforcement authorities were increasing rapidly: by more than 1,500 percent from 2017 to 2018, and by 500 percent from 2018 to 2019.

In this case luckily his parents could help pay for a lawyer to get an injunction to prevent more of his data being released to police and the lawyer helped prove the “John Doe” had nothing to do with it.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/google-tracked-his-bike-ride-past-burglarized-home-made-him-n1151761

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