Listeners have heard me discuss this issue for too long.
Previously, courts ruled that your driveway was not private property, and law enforcement could install a GPS tracking device on your car because you had no expectation of privacy in your driveway.
The Supreme Court disagrees. This is a major victory for constitutional protections.
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that the government must obtain a warrant before secretly affixing a GPS tracking device to a suspect’s car. The case stemmed from an incident in which the FBI placed a tracker on a DC drug dealer’s car, with the Obama administration arguing that Americans don’t have a right to privacy while moving in public, Wired explains. The administration told the justices that it could track their cars as well if it wanted.
Finally, something to celebrate when it comes to American law.
- California Governor Vetoes Ban On Warrantless Phone Searches (yro.slashdot.org)
- Supreme Court: Warrant Needed For GPS Tracking (baltimore.cbslocal.com)
- No Warrant Needed for GPS Monitoring, Judge Rules (suburbanmen.com)
- No Warrant Needed for GPS Monitoring, Judge Rules (wired.com)