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Judge: GPS Tracking Warrant Unnecessary

GEO PRIVACY—U.S.

January 4, 2012

A federal judge in Missouri has ruled that the FBI did not need a warrant to place a GPS tracking device on a suspect's car. The tracking device was employed by the FBI because the defendant was suspected of inaccurately filling out time sheets as a St. Louis treasury employee. According to a report in Wired, Magistrate David Noce said the defendant did not have any "reasonable expectation of privacy in the exterior" of his vehicle, adding, "Installation of the GPS tracker device revealed no information to the agents other than the public position of the vehicle." The decision comes just months before the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue of warrantless GPS tracking.
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