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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 12, 2014 6:59 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.