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Courts Increasingly Hear Cases on GPS Surveillance

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 9, 2010

The Washington Times reports on recent court cases demonstrating tension between centuries-old rules on search and seizure and the advent of surveillance technology such as GPS. Law enforcement increasingly use such technology to track suspected criminals' movements, often without warrants, which has incited an onslaught of court cases challenging the practice. An Oregon man was recently convicted on charges of marijuana cultivation after police tagged his car with a GPS device, for example. He lost his appeal to a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but a dissenting judge wrote that there was "something creepy and un-American about the clandestine and underhanded behavior" of the police in the case.
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