Daily Dashboard

Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant for GPS Tracking

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 23, 2012

The Supreme Court has ruled that police must obtain a search warrant before using GPS technology to track criminal suspects, The Washington Post reports. All nine justices agreed that Antoine Jones's Fourth Amendment rights were violated when police placed a GPS on his Jeep to monitor the vehicle's movements, asserting that such tracking constitutes a "search." Jones's drug conspiracy conviction had been overturned because police did not have a warrant when they placed the GPS, but the government asserted that Jones didn't have a reasonable expectation of privacy because he was tracked on public streets. Associate Justice Antonin Scalia said by placing the GPS on the vehicle, "officers encroached on a protected area." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
Full Story