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GPS Tracking of Worker Challenged in Court

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—U.S.

September 16, 2011

A New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) lawyer is arguing that placing a GPS tracking device on an employee's private car violates an individual's right to privacy, The Wall Street Journal reports. A government employee was fired last year after it was determined that he claimed pay during times he was not working. The government agency was able to prove the discrepancy because it placed a GPS device on the employee's private car, which tracked the employee during evenings, weekends and vacations, the report states. The NYCLU lawyer said, "There's no cause that can justify such an intrusive search." However, Deputy Solicitor General Kate Nepveau disagreed, saying, "It has the reasonableness pattern of continuing misconduct." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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