Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Good news from SCOTUS

According to the Supreme Court, who voted UNANIMOUSLY, police agencies canNOT track you using GPS, without a warrant. Good.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police violated the Constitution when they attached a Global Positioning System tracker to a suspect's vehicle without a valid search warrant, voting unanimously in one of the first major cases to test privacy rights in the digital era.

The Supreme Court ruled that police must obtain a warrant before attaching a GPS tracker to a suspect's vehicle, voting unanimously in one of the first major cases to test constitutional privacy rights in the digital age, Jess Bravin reports on digits. Photo: Getty Images.

The decision offered a glimpse of how the court may address the flood of privacy cases expected in coming years over issues such as cellphones, email and online documents. But the justices split 5-4 over the reasoning, suggesting that differences remain over how to apply age-old principles prohibiting "unreasonable searches."

The minority pushed for a more sweeping declaration that installing the GPS tracker not only trespassed on private property but violated the suspect's "reasonable expectation of privacy" by monitoring his movements for a month. The majority said it wasn't necessary to go that far, because the act of putting the tracker on the car invaded the suspect's property in the same way that a home search would.

I'm not sure I'll turn on the GPS tracker in my cell phone still. Being the paranoid type has kept me from doing so thus far. Actually, I just don't think it's a good idea for ANYONE to know where I am 24 by 7.
I don't even report to me wife where I am all the time!!


srk said...

If it comes to that, I wouldn't worry about the GPS on my cell phone.

I found an unspent 22 on the street on my way home today. another winged rat is safe.

Stikky Unnerware said...

Yea for the SCROTUMS

Spider said...

I think it was a good decision, but it sure won't be the last time this subject is visited. So, does that mean google needs to get a warrant every time you turn your smart phone or WiFi laptop on?

Also, there is no expectation of privacy in a public place.

Spider said...

Forget GPS. Check this out. Remember reading science fiction stories about "thought police"? Well, it's not fiction anymore.


Be sure to read that last paragraph while ordering more ammo...

BOW said...

Pre-crime suspects...not "profiling"

Anonymous said...

Not profiling, because they'll do it to everyone.

A. Levy said...

So what are they getting ready for?