Supreme Court: Warrant Necessary for Tracking by GPS

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Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that police are not to attach a GPS to a suspect’s car without first obtaining a warrant from a judge. A verdict that will affect officers nationwide, judges are assuring the protection and privacy of individuals. The unanimous decision was the first time the justices reviewed the implications of GPS tracking.

This decision prompted the reversal of a 2005 conviction. Police attached a GPS to nightclub owner Antoine Jones’ car. After weeks of gathering data, the police arrested him and he was accused of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Judges agreed that attaching the GPS to that unknowing individual’s car was a violation of the Fourth Amendment, which protects citizens against unreasonable search and seizure.