Supreme Court says warrentless GPS tracking is against 4th amendment

Supreme Court decided earlier this month that police officers violated the Fourth Amendment which protects citizens against unreasonable search and seizure. The law enforcement attached a GPS tracking device to a suspect’s vehicle and tracked it for a month without a warrant. Even though the ruling was unanimous the reasoning was split in two.

  • some of the justices said it was a violation of reasonable expectation of privacy when the GPS device was physically attached to the vehicle
  • other justices said a person has a reasonable expectations that the details of his movements over a month period should be private

What this ruling doesn’t touch is the tracking of your location by cell towers or other means which doesn’t involve any physical intervention.

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