New York couple's Google search ends with police search
9:41 PM, Aug 2, 2013
A former FBI special agent talked today about a New York couple whose home was searched because of what they looked at on Google.
There are more than 5 billion Google searches every and according to Michele Catalano's blog posts, cops showed up at her home in New York this week because of it.
She writes that officers unexpectedly searched their home and asked her husband questions like "Do you have any bombs?"
According to the Suffolk County Police, they were asked to investigate by the man's former employer, a Bay Shore computer company. That company noticed he had searched Google for "pressure cooker bombs" and "backpacks," a police statement said.
"You should be protected in your privacy, you know, your papers, and your documents and your house," said Kansas City man Arben Gjoni.
"The only time I am really concerned about it is at work. I work at a bank and we have rules," said Robert Henderson while he worked on his computer on the Plaza.
According to former FBI special agent Jeff Lanza, most employers do monitor what you do on company computers.
"I'm not surprised that this case went the way it did," Lanza said. "In fact, anything you do on a computer at work, you shouldn't expect any privacy."
For most people who casually surf the internet on a personal device, Lanza says that's different.
"If he was on his home computer doing those same searches, it probably wouldn't have resulted in anything happening unless a crime had been committed and then the FBI or the police may have showed up on his door and asked to look at his computer," he said.
Lanza also said that there is no law enforcement agency that specifically monitors the general public's Google searches.