Supreme Court Says GPS Tracker Violated Rights
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that law enforcement authorities violated the Constitution when they placed a GPS tracking device on a suspect’s car and surveyed its movements for 28 days. The police must get a search warrant before using this type of technology to track criminal suspects, according to the decision.

The justices divided 5-to-4 on the rationale for the decision; however, the majority said that the problem was the placement of the device on private property. That ruling avoided questions such as how to treat information gathered from devices installed by the manufacturer and how to treat data held by third parties like cellphone companies.

Though the ruling was limited to physical intrusions, the opinions in the case collectively suggested that a majority of the justices are prepared to apply broad Fourth Amendment privacy principles unrelated to such intrusions to an array of modern technologies, including video surveillance in public places, automatic toll collection systems on highways, devices that allow motorists to signal for roadside assistance and records kept by online merchants.

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Sade K. Muhammad

Sadé Muhammad is a news intern at BlackEnterprise.com. Before Black Enterprise, she was a fashion writer for Jonesmagazine.com, blogger and research intern for Niaonline.com, and a marketing and web intern for WPVI-TV/6ABC in Philadelphia, PA. Sadé is a senior magazine journalism major and honors student at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. With a passion for empowerment and solidarity among women of color, she is developing a print and online lifestyle magazine catering to this very audience for her senior thesis. When she’s not writing, she is talking fashion, travel, and Knicks basketball.


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