Subcommittee Considers Geo-Tracking Legislation
GEO PRIVACY—U.S.May 18, 2012
A House judiciary subcommittee debated Thursday proposed legislation that would require law enforcement to get a warrant prior to tracking suspects via geolocation data, the NationalJournal reports. Proposed by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the bill would include exceptions in cases of death, serious harm or national emergency. "Just because it can be done," Chaffetz said, "doesn't mean it necessarily should be done." Additionally, University of Pennsylvania Prof. Matt Blaze submitted written testimony arguing that the proliferation of cell towers makes pinpointing the location of individuals by their cell phones more precise than GPS, Forbes reports.