Google is a powerful search engine that also tracks our online activities, locations and interests. It stores a lot of data about us, which can be useful for some purposes but also risky.
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One of the purposes that Google’s data can serve is to help law enforcement solve crimes. Sometimes, when the police have few clues or leads, they can turn to Google for information on who searched for a certain term or who was near a crime scene at a certain time.
This also means that Google’s data can inadvertently implicate innocent people who happen to search for something or be somewhere that is related to a crime. They can become suspects or witnesses in investigations that they have nothing to do with.