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Experts: GPS Ruling To Enhance Citizens’ Rights

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 24, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to require police to obtain a warrant before placing GPS on automobiles will "broadly enhance Americans' electronic privacy rights," experts say. CNET News reports on this week's United States v. Jones decision in which 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." Such reasoning suggests that police would also need warrants to search mobile devices such as cell phones, says an attorney for the Center for Democracy and Technology.
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