Federal Appeals Court Rules Evidence From Warrantless GPS Tracking Does Not Have to Be Suppressed

By: Thursday October 2, 2014 3:15 pm

A federal appeals court ruled that law enforcement does not need to get a warrant in order to legally use evidence obtained from surveillance in a criminal case. The court also effectively endorsed consultation among officials in the executive branch instead of going to a judge for a warrant as “good faith” conduct.

In 2010, FBI agents attached a GPS tracking device to the car of Harry Katzin in order to track his movements because they suspected he was involved in the robberies of multiple Rite-Aid pharmacies.

 

Justice Department Can Keep GPS Location Tracking Memos Secret, Court Rules

By: Wednesday March 12, 2014 6:59 pm

A federal court has ruled that the Justice Department may keep secret two key memos, which the American Civil Liberties Union argues show how the government views when it can and cannot legally track Americans with GPS tracking devices.

Federal Appeals Court: Police May Not Conduct Warrantless GPS Searches

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 4:48 pm

A federal appeals court has ruled that police must obtain a warrant in a case involving a “slap-on” GPS tracking device, where defendants had argued they were victims of searches that violated their privacy rights.

Federal Appeals Court Hears Argument on Warrantless GPS Tracking

By: Tuesday March 19, 2013 2:00 pm

A federal appeals court is hearing argument over whether the government should have to obtain a warrant before using GPS tracking. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is in court to argue against warrantless GPS tracking.

Court: Absent ‘Physical Intrusion,’ Warrantless GPS Tracking Legal

By: Wednesday August 15, 2012 7:00 pm

The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents who tracked a suspect’s phone without a warrant did not violate the suspect’s privacy because he had “no reasonable expectation of privacy in the data emanating from his cell phone that showed his location.”

The court also found because the agents had not attached a device to track the suspect it was not a “physical intrusion.” The suspect had obtained the cell phone and it just so happened to give off location data that agents could use to track him.

US Law Enforcement’s Explosion in Cell Phone Surveillance

By: Monday July 9, 2012 11:15 am

Wireless carriers have experienced an “explosion” in surveillance over the last five years. Carriers have responded to at least 1.3 million demands for “subscriber data” during the last year and have been “turning over records thousands of times a day in response to police emergencies, court orders, law enforcement subpoenas and other requests,” according to Eric Lichtblau of the New York Times.

ACLU’s New Project to Uncover Details on Law Enforcement Use of Location Tracking

By: Wednesday August 3, 2011 6:20 pm

The ACLU has launched a massive effort with more than thirty of its state affiliates to uncover just how law enforcement agencies, large and small, are using cell phone location data to track Americans. The national organization and its affiliates submitted 379 requests through state Freedom of Information (FOI) laws and hope to unearth documentary evidence to show just how law enforcement is using new technology to invade Americans’ privacy.

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