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Supreme Court To Hear GPS Privacy Case

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 28, 2011

The Supreme Court will review whether the government can track suspects by attaching GPS devices to their vehicles without a court warrant, Wired reports. Urging the justices to overturn a lower court decision, the Justice Department said that "a person has no reasonable expectation of privacy in his movements from one place to another." The Obama Administration also added, "Prompt resolution of this conflict is critically important to law enforcement throughout the U.S." A representative from the American Civil Liberties Union, meanwhile, said, "The court has the opportunity in this case to safeguard Fourth Amendment privacy protections in the face of technological advances. Police surveillance using GPS technology raises significant privacy concerns."
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