This Google query was evidence that a woman murdered her husband


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/12/this-google-query-was-evidence.html


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#3

I have found Google useful for instructions on simple home repairs, I guess it doesn’t work for everything.


#4

So 2 lessons here. Clear your history and get rid of the gun.


#5

Lesson 3: if you have to use Google to figure out how to commit the perfect crime maybe it’s not such a good idea to make the attempt at all.


#6

Porn mode browsing. Good for more than just porn.


#7

I thought Google logged all queries.
EDIT:

Device information
We collect device-specific information (such as your hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, and mobile network information including phone number). Google may associate your device identifiers or phone number with your Google Account.
Log information
When you use our services or view content provided by Google, we automatically collect and store certain information in server logs. This includes:
details of how you used our service, such as your search queries.
telephony log information like your phone number, calling-party number, forwarding numbers, time and date of calls, duration of calls, SMS routing information and types of calls.
Internet protocol address.

https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/


#8

Asking for a friend?


#9

I’m disappointed that Google didn’t point her to a page advising her to immediately clear her browser history and switch to private browsing mode before continuing to step 2.


#10

Every time I read an article like this I immediately execute the search to ensure it is in my browser history.


#11

It’s evidence, not proof, so now I’m curious whether “claim there was an intruder” is a strategy that comes up in the search results. Because I sure as shithole am not going to google it.

(I’ve started saying shithole instead of other blanky-blank words whenever it can fit. You like?)


#12

Ah, she should have said she was writing a crime novel. Or was trying to remember that title of the OJ book…

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/if-i-did-it-goldman-family/1008774113/2677859752794?st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_New+Marketplace+Shopping+Books_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP164951&gclid=CjwKCAiA1uHSBRBUEiwAkBCtzdOYF164AKSVuje4AVgSQgOfG7aZWoYKCKd1x5_teDcPCD420MweyBoCoTAQAvD_BwE


#13

Top result says “plant the murder weapon in car of victim’s spouse, and run this query from her computer.”


#14

Nah, that’s only for client-side evidence. It’s still available to authorities by sending a warrant to Google, right? Which can then be married to the logs in your router.

If you’re really serious about anonymity, Tor that shit yo.


#15

See now, if she’d searched for “How to kill someone and get away with it I am writing a novel” she’d’ve gotten away with it.


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#17

From your account, yes. From google’s logs?


#18

This is great advice. Now I can point to this bbs thread as evidence that my search was merely a harmless joke, and nobody will suspect that I actually committed that murder.


#19

Blown it with that comment though, No?


#20

How does Alexa compare for murder advice?