Reversing the Tide on Geofence and Keyword Warrants

22nd Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference
August 16-17, 2023 | Held Virtually

Law enforcement has increasingly turned to Google to identify criminal suspects by using digital dragnets that search millions or billions of people at once.


A “geofence warrant” searches for devices in a virtual perimeter, while a “keyword warrant” requires Google to reveal anyone who searched for a term or phrase. These modern-day general warrants raise deep Fourth Amendment concerns. This panel will discuss current litigation and legislative efforts to prohibit their use.

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  • Laura Koenig, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Hayley Tsukayama, Senior Legislative Activist, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Moderated by: Michael Price, Fourth Amendment Center Litigation Director, NACDL

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