Spotify Used to Track Down Fugitive
A woman named Brittany Nunn decided to skip a court date rather than risk losing custody of her daughter. She fled to Mexico with her husband, Peter Barr. Someone who was watching Nunn noticed when she was using Spotify, and told the authorities. Authorities were then able to eventually get an IP address, later enabling them to get the couple deported back to the United States.
Many wonder about the legality of Spotify helping the authorities by giving them customer information willingly. Whether or not this is strictly required by law is a better question, and it would seem that it is not. It would seem rather that a company, just as a person, would have the right to tell the government to go back and get a warrant.
After getting back to US custody, the pair was charged with felony custody violations as well as unlawful flight from law enforcement. The girls went back to their fathers in Colorado.
Spotify is one of many online services that law enforcement have and will continue to utilize when looking for fugitives and evidence. A simple warrant or asking politely will normally get them all they need to know from most services.
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