Celebrate!! The 4th Amendment isn’t dead…yet.

The feds will need warrants to install GPS trackers on your vehicles.


From The Register:

US Supremes: GPS tracking requires warrant


‘Stop! In the name of the 4th Amendment…’

By Iain Thomson in San Francisco • Get more from this author

Posted in Law, 24th January 2012 01:29 GMT


The US Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that police need to request a warrant before attaching GPS tracking devices to suspects’ cars.

“We decide whether the attachment of a Global-Positioning-System (GPS) tracking device to an individual’s vehicle, and subsequent use of that device to monitor the vehicle’s movements on public streets, constitutes a search or seizure within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment,” the judgment reads. Their decision – after extensive hearings – was, at core, “Yes”.

The case reviewed by the Supremes revolved around Antoine Jones, a nightclub owner the police linked with the drug trade, and the decision to follow his car’s movements using a GPS tracking system. The police obtained a court order for the use of such a device, but were a day late in installing it. The data it obtained was then used to link Jones to a house containing $850,000 in cash, 97kg of cocaine, and a kilo of cocaine base.

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