FBI Asked Google To Unlock Phone of Suspect of "Pimpin Hoes Daily" Street Gang

The FBI has asked Google to override a users lockout of his Android Smartphone as part of an investigation of a suspect. This was uncovered by a privacy researcher at Indian University, Christopher Soghoian, according to an affidavit the FBI has filed in court.

The FBI's forensic lab could not get past the phone's 'pattern lock' and then phone went into a master lock mode which is only able to be undone with a Google account's username and password.

Google replied, “Like all law abiding companies, we comply with valid legal process. Whenever we receive a request we make sure it meets both the letter and the spirit of the law before complying. If we believe a request is overly broad, we will seek to narrow it.”

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