Appellate Court: Feds Can’t GPS Track Your Car Without Warrant

Tread lightly, Feds.

Tread lightly, Feds.

Sorry, Hank.

Via Ars Technica:

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has handed down a huge decision in favor of privacy rights in America. On Tuesday, the court confirmed in United States v. Katzin that federal authorities must get a probable cause-driven warrant before attaching a GPS tracking device on a suspect’s car.

Of course, the circumstances of this case may sound familiar. Indeed, the Supreme Court decided in January 2012 in the United States v. Jones case that attaching a GPS device to a suspect’s car without a warrant constituted unreasonable search and seizure. In the wake of that decision, the FBI turned off 3,000 such tracking devices. However, the Jones case did not provide a clear-cut ruling on whether a lower legal standard could conceivably apply. In the new case, Katzin, the court definitively answered that with a resounding no.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    And they start obeying the law when?

    • Juan

      Right, the feds would never do anything illegal. That never happens.

    • Simon Valentine

      when critical mass and critical matters coincide

  • echar

    Back to analog, time to round up the snitches.

    • InfvoCuernos

      wind up watches and vinyl records for everyone and stitches for snitches! I’d vote for that.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Wind up watches are classy as shit!

  • BuzzCoastin

    it’s time to acknowledge that
    if you are a participant in society
    you’re tracked from birth to death
    BUTT
    no one gives shit about you or where you go & what you do
    it’s just that the incessant spying & record keeping
    employes several million people
    who aren’t bright enough to find another way to live
    & it makes the Plutocrats feel safe when they sleep
    thinking the sheeple are under surveillance

    • InfvoCuernos

      2 points: They are especially interested in those that wish to NOT participate in society, and its not the average Joe’s activities that I worry about, its when that “average Joe” turns out to be an elected official and all his secrets become blackmail leverage for the information gatherers.

      • BuzzCoastin

        anytime he wants
        Uncle Homeland can charge you with a crime
        regardless of evidence or whatever
        you can now be offed without a trial too
        so really
        they read my gmail, track my googles &
        snoop through my private records
        but that’s only to intimidate me into submission
        & trumped up charges, if that’s not enough

  • DeepCough

    Now if only we could apply this to PRISM.

  • 00000

    this is hardly a victory. they would rather not physically have to put a censor on your car, it’s far easier for them to just track you cell phone signal.

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