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Supreme Court: Warrants needed in GPS tracking

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by mrskeet410, Jan 23, 2012.

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  1. mrskeet410

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    "The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that police must obtain a search warrant before using a GPS device to track criminal suspects. But the justices left for another day larger questions about how technology has altered a person’s expectation of privacy.

    Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that the government needed a valid warrant before attaching a GPS device to the Jeep used by D.C. drug kingpin Antoine Jones, who was convicted in part because police tracked his movements on public roads for 28 days..."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-warrants-needed-in-gps-tracking/2012/01/23/gIQAx7qGLQ_story.html
     
  2. mrskeet410

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    Same subject, but reporting from Wall Street Journal.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203806504577178811800873358.html
     
  3. 3357

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    did the ruling also preclude the use of tracking devices without a warrant by private (non-government) investigators for civil use?
     
  4. lbshootin

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    Hello 3357....Just you took the topic off my brain...how about a company that wants to track its own vehicles during the work day??? Such as OTR trucks?
     
  5. Bernie K

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    Gentelmen, here is a better one... back in the late 70s we had a young girl kidnapped from a mall area during the day. This was in Rochester,NY. She had a cell phone with her but at that time no GPS was available. She was able to dial 911 without her abductors knowing and the police listened to her frantic pleading for her life but did not know where in the city she was. This went on for almost a hour before they killed her.

    Now, if this were to happen under this ruling would the police need to get a judge to sign a warrant before they can track her phone? By that time she would probably be dead. Not good.
     
  6. John Galt

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    Woa there, this ruling only means that the police can't attach their GPS tracker to YOUR vehicle without a warrant. It has nothing to do with tracking cell phones, which might already require a warrant (I'm not sure) and it certainly doesn't mean that you can't track your own vehicle if you desire. It also doesn't apply to private investigators although there might be laws against them doing that already on the books in places.
     
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    basically the same as wiretapping your home.

    cell phones I don't think are subject to any privacy statute...
     
  8. gun1357

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    There are other ways for law enforcement to achieve the same results. Ron
     
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    The cops could have got the warrant easily for that scumbag.
     
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    I would guess the law enforcement folks did not want to set a precedent when there was no case law requiring a search warrant in this situation. Ron
     
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