Google ‘Pressure Cookers’ and ‘Backpacks,’ Get a Visit from the Cops – Philip Bump – The Atlantic Wire

Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which prompts the question: How’d the government know what they were Googling?

One hundred times a week, groups of six armed men drive to houses in three black SUVs, conducting consented-if-casual searches of the property perhaps in part because of things people looked up online.

But the NSA doesn’t collect data on Americans, so this certainly won’t happen to you.

 

via Google ‘Pressure Cookers’ and ‘Backpacks,’ Get a Visit from the Cops – Philip Bump – The Atlantic Wire.

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