Black People Politics : Supreme Court Ruling Restricts Police Use of GPS Device

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  1. RAPTOR

    RAPTOR Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    GPS tracking unconstitutional without warrant
    Published on Monday, January 23, 2012 by Common Dreams

    Today, Supreme Court justices unanimously placed restrictions on Police use of GPS tracking devices in the case United States v. Antoine Jones, No. 10-1259. The use of such devices is now considered a 'search' and requires a warrant under the Fourth Amendment.
    The American Civil Liberties Union Legal Director Steven R. Shapiro stated, “Today's decision is an important victory for privacy. While this case turned on the fact that the government physically placed a GPS device on the defendant's car, the implications are much broader. A majority of the Court acknowledged that advancing technology, like cell phone tracking, gives the government unprecedented ability to collect, store and analyze an enormous amount of information about our private lives. Today's decision suggests that the court is prepared to address that problem. Congress needs to address the problem as well.”

    Reuters reported on the case today:
    The Supreme Court for the first time ruled on Monday that police attachment of a GPS device to monitor a suspect's vehicle was a search protected by constitutional privacy rights, a test case involving new surveillance technology. The high court's ruling was a defeat for the Obama administration, which defended the use of global positioning system devices without a warrant and without a person's knowledge as a legal way to monitor a vehicle on public streets. The justices upheld a precedent-setting ruling by an appeals court that the police must first obtain a warrant to use a GPS device for an extended period of time to covertly follow a suspect.
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    Shikamaru Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The warrant is key :).

    Many more situations you can demand of law enforcement to produce a warrant for whatever request or action that desire for you to do.

    Think: By what warrant ?
     
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