Warrantless tracking of Americans by law enforcement officials has been a widely discussed topic this week.
On Tuesday, a Federal government lawyer pled the case of warrantless GPS tracking of Americans’ vehicles to the Supreme Court in the case of Antoine Jones, whose movements were electronically tracked for a month after police attached a GPS device to his vehicle. A drug conviction against the Washington, D.C., nightclub owner was later overturned by an appeal because the appeals court deemed a warrant necessary for such intrusive tracking.
According to SCOTUSblog, most of the Supreme Court justices appeared to view the idea as a considerable threat to Americans’ Constitutional right to privacy.
While the Supreme Court was discussing the issue, WIRED broke a story about a man in San Jose, Calif., who discovered a GPS tracking device tucked under his wheel well by police.
A Wall Street Journal report published on Wednesday also detailed instances of warrantless GPS tracking of cellular phones. The article said that State and Federal authorities use the technology to track thousands of unwitting Americans each year.