Supreme Court rules police cannot put GPS device on a suspect’s car to track movements without a warrant.

Image: http://blog.jammer-store.com The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that police…

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The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that police cannot put a GPS device on a suspect’s car to track his movements without a warrant, a test case that upholds basic privacy rights in the face of new surveillance technology.

The high court ruling was a defeat for the Obama administration, which had argued that a warrant was not required to use global positioning system devices to monitor a vehicle on public streets.

The justices unanimously upheld a precedent-setting ruling by a U.S. appeals court that the police must first obtain a warrant to use a GPS device for an extended period of time to covertly follow a suspect.

Source: James Vicini for Reuters.

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