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Submission + - Supreme Court: GPS devices equivalent of a search, (wired.com) 2

gambit3 writes: "The Supreme Court says police must get a search warrant before using GPS technology to track criminal suspects.

The court ruled in the case of Washington, D.C., nightclub owner Antoine Jones. A federal appeals court in Washington overturned his drug conspiracy conviction because police did not have a warrant when they installed a GPS device on his vehicle and then tracked his movements for a month."

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Supreme Court: GPS devices equivalent of a search,

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  • by schwit1 ( 797399 )

    Now I'm waiting for Obama to issue an executive order that vacates the ruling or says it is trumped by the Patriot Act or DMCA.

    • by galaad2 ( 847861 )

      they don't need an executive order because if you read the decision carefully you'll see it says:
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      We hold that the Government’s installation of a GPS device on a target’s vehicle and its use of that device to monitor the vehicle’s movements, constitutes a “search.”
      ===
      thus they only need to outsource the "installation" part to a third party and they can continue with the search. Mobile phone (preferably with carrierIQ) looks like the most promising candidate since ciq is alrea

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