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U.S. Government to Fight for Warrantless GPS Tracking

Published: March 20, 2013
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Source: Cnet

The Obama Administration is headed to court today to argue that warrantless GPS tracking is just fine.

The administration will present its arguments before a federal appeals court today, despite the U.S. Supreme Court last year ruling that a warrant was needed to attach a GPS device to a suspected criminal’s vehicle. According to Wired, which first reported on the story, the government believes that the high court’s ruling does not account for all scenarios, and wants to see where its ruling should and shouldn’t be held up.

The Supreme Court’s ruling last year was not exhaustive, the government argues. And in many cases, exemptions exist in which a judge would not need to sign a warrant to monitor someone, including issues at the border and with people on probation and students, according to Wired.

The Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision last year that the Fourth Amendment protection of “persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures” would be violated if law enforcement agencies were allowed to attach a GPS device to a suspect’s vehicle without obtaining a warrant.


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