Google refused an order to release huge amounts of data. Will other companies bow under pressure?

It was a case that gave a new meaning to the phrase “Google search.”

Earlier this year, a federal judge signed a search warrant for a windfall of private information to help find the robber responsible for a string of crimes in southern Maine.

Authorities were seeking a large amount of sensitive user data — including names, addresses and locations, as first reported by Forbes — of anyone who had been in the vicinity of at least two of the nine robbery locations, within 30 minutes of the crime.

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