Judges Divided Over GPS Surveillance

Does the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches cover GPS tracking?

WASHINGTON — The growing use by the police of new technologies that make surveillance far easier and cheaper to conduct is raising difficult questions about the scope of constitutional privacy rights, leading to sharp disagreements among judges. A federal appeals court, for example, issued a ruling last week that contradicts precedents from three other appeals courts over whether the police must obtain a warrant before secretly attaching a Global Positioning System device beneath a car.

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Source: Charlie Savage, NYT, U.S. Section, August 13, 2010

For recent federal appeals court ruling, visit:

http://pacer.cadc.uscourts.gov/common/opinions/201008/08-3030-1259298.pdf

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