Law enforcement can potentially spy on the American people without their knowledge or an oversight from a judge thanks to antiquated laws that privacy advocates say haven’t kept pace with technology advances.
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Privacy v. investigative authority
Companies like Google and YouTube have policies governing the type of information they will reveal to investigators under a subpoena: subscriber registration information, sign-in IP addresses and associated time stamps, for example. Subpoenas can be used in both civil and criminal cases.
If subpoenaed, Google will release the following information:
- Account creation information
- Associated email addresses
- Phone number