***As a disclaimer, this is just a hypothetical situation and their hasn't been a similar real life situation to my knowledge
First, some introductory information:
Say you are a safety conscious, law-abiding citizen. You are someone that never texts or talks while driving because you understand how dangerous it can be. However, in certain emergency situations you will stop off on the side of the road to send a text or make a call that just cannot wait.
Knowing the information above, consider the following situation:
You are coming home from work late and you remember that you forgot to send a text message to your wife/husband saying that you were leaving from work late and you would be on your way home soon. So you stop off on the side of the road to send the message. Just minutes after setting off again, you get in a bad car crash that involves injuries. In the court case following the crash, the prosecution gets your phone metadata to determine if you were texting or talking and if those actions subsequently caused the crash. They then find that you were texting minutes before the crash. Even though you make the defense that you had stopped to send the message, as of right now, the government is not taking location metadata from cars and you cannot actually prove that the car was at a full stop when the message was sent. Also, the prosecution argues that inaccuracies in metadata could possibly be up to something around 2 minutes. This means that it was more likely that you were texting at the time of the crash. The jury concludes that you are guilty, you are charged for the causing the crash and you are sent to jail.
As it stands right now, this situation is very possible but what makes even scarier is that it could happen to literally anyone. Not just the nerdy guys that mess around on the internet or the people that torrent tons of movies, this could be anyone. Almost everyone seems to have a brand new phone with GPS capabilities, but not everyone has a state-of-the-art car.
This is just an example situation that was originally thought of my dad and I thought it was really relevant to the surveillance state in the U.S.A. So, I thought I would put down in words and share it to some people that might care more than the average person. Please post what you think below and thanks for reading.