Sensorvault is an internal Google database that contains records of users' historical geo-location data.[1]: 1 [2]

It has been used by law enforcement to obtain a geo-fence warrant and to search for all devices within the vicinity of a crime, (within a geo-fenced area)[1]: 1[3]: 1 [2] and after looking at those devices' movements and narrowing those devices down to potential suspects or witnesses, then asking Google for the information about the owners of those devices.[1]: 1[3]: 1 [2]


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  2. ^ a b c Brewster, Thomas (2019-12-11). "Google Hands Feds 1,500 Phone Locations In Unprecedented 'Geofence' Search". Forbes. Archived from the original on 2020-01-01. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  3. ^ a b Webster, Tony (2019-02-07). "How did the police know you were near a crime scene? Google told them". MPR News. Archived from the original on 2019-03-29. Retrieved 2019-08-15.