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GPS Tracking: No Expectation of Privacy, Court Rules

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 15, 2012

A federal court has ruled that the Drug Enforcement Administration did not violate the Fourth Amendment when it used an alleged drug runner’s cellphone data to track his movements, The Wall Street Journal reports. The defendant argued that information emitted from his mobile device could not be used because the authorities did not obtain a warrant. In the majority opinion, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Judge John M. Rogers wrote, “There is no Fourth Amendment violation because (the defendant) did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy” in the data emitted from his phone. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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