A new feature that allows police departments to track citizens and their vehicles is giving officers a lot of latitude to search and identify suspects.
But the device, which has been in use for several years, has not always been up to the task.
The ACLU of Georgia is asking the Department of Justice to investigate whether the device has been properly approved by the agency and to provide an explanation for why it has not been.
“As you know, the ACLU has a long-standing policy of not engaging in litigation,” ACLU-Georgia president and CEO, Amy Kuchera, said in a statement.
“This new program is a blatant violation of that policy.”
Google has used the “Smart Patrol” tracking device since 2012.
The device is part of a larger program called “Operation Stinger,” which was first reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
It uses cameras mounted on the side of a vehicle to capture license plate numbers and the time it takes for the car to drive to a location.
The cars then drive back and forth to their locations, where they can be tracked remotely.
Google said the device was meant to help police officers identify suspicious individuals who might be “suspect cars” — vehicles suspected of a crime and which can be searched.
The tracking devices can also be used to locate vehicles that are parked illegally.
“These devices can allow police officers to identify vehicles parked in public and potentially locate them,” Google said in an announcement about the project.
“But they can also serve as a useful tool for law enforcement officers who may need to quickly locate suspects in the real world.”
The device can be used by law enforcement agencies and private citizens.
However, the company did not respond to questions about whether the government would be able to use the device for the purposes of mass surveillance.
“In the past, the FBI has also used this tracking technology to locate fugitives in the field,” said ACLU- Georgia policy director, Jonathan Lowenstein.
“If you’re using a police car, you’re not going to be able or want to be searching your car.”
The ACLU said the new tracking device is a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment.
“When the government can see all of your movements in real time, it’s incredibly difficult for the public to hold law enforcement accountable,” Kuchela said.
The program has been criticized by privacy advocates and law enforcement groups.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation said in 2016 that the program could be used for mass surveillance, especially in cases where police have reason to believe someone is armed and dangerous.
Google acknowledged that the “smart patrol” feature can “help in identifying and locating suspects,” but argued that it “should not be used as a tool for mass collection.”
The company has also argued that the device is “unnecessarily intrusive.”
However, Kucheera told reporters that Google is aware of the problems that have arisen and is working to fix them.
The “Smart patrol” tracking system is currently available on Google’s mobile app and Google Maps.
A representative for Google told The American Conservatives the company “does not comment on specific security-related product or services.”