Monday, January 23, 2012

Supreme Court rules police must get search warrant to use GPS tracking devices

Image via Wired
Today, the US Supreme Court ruled that police must first obtain a search warrant to first install GPS tracking device on a suspect's vehicle, agreeing with an earlier appeals court ruling but rejecting the Obama administration's position on the case. 

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that the court holds "that the government's installation of a GPS device on a target's vehicle, and its use of that device to monitor the vehicle's movements, constitutes a 'search,'" and therefore violated the individual's Fourth Amendment rights. 

At least you know now that police can't put tracking devices on your car without a warrant. But this only applies to the US, though. Sorry foreign country readers.

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