A blog of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section

GPS technology finding its way into court

By James Ball and , Published: August 23

The rapid spread of cellphones with GPS technology has allowed police to track suspects with unprecedented precision — even as they commit crimes. But the legal fight is only now heating up, with prosecutors and privacy activists sparring over rules governing the use of powerful new investigative tools.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit stirred the debate last week when itsupported police use of a drug runner’s cellphone signals to locate him — and more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana — at a Texas rest stop. The court decided that the suspect “did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy” over location data from his cellphone and that police were free to collect it over several days, even without a search warrant.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/gps-technology-finding-its-way-into-court/2012/08/23/03db6030-ed42-11e1-a80b-9f898562d010_story.html

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