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GPS Case Raises Geo-Tagging Questions

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 12, 2010

A federal appeals court opinion issued last week about a criminal conviction based on the surreptitious use of GPS in a suspect's vehicle resonates with online and geo privacy issues, TechFlash reports. The court's opinion stated that what people do repeatedly, what they do not do and what that information holds when taken together, "can each reveal more about a person than does any individual trip viewed in isolation." The court found that a "reasonable person" does not expect their daily activities to be monitored and recorded. However, as attorney William Carleton writes, "Presumably, someone who voluntarily exposes the record of his Foursquare check-ins will not have the same expectations of privacy" as the suspect in the criminal case.
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