Engadget: Google faces surge in police requests for mobile location data by Jon Fingas:
It’s clearer than ever that police see smartphones as treasure troves of evidence. New York Times sources understand that law enforcement requests for information from Google’s mobile Location History database, known internally as Sensorvault, have “risen sharply” in the last six months. While the exact volume isn’t apparent, there have been “as many as 180 requests” in a single week. In some cases, the demands are particularly broad and may scoop up data from “hundreds” of phones, albeit with limits.