Category Archives: GPS / Tracking Data

WaPo: Police hid a tracking device on a suspect’s car — then charged him with theft for removing it

WaPo: Police hid a tracking device on a suspect’s car — then charged him with theft for removing it by Brittany Shammas (“For about a week in summer 2018, Indiana authorities monitored a suspected drug dealer’s movements using a GPS … Continue reading

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M.D.Ala.: One day’s GPS monitoring reasonable under Knotts, all things considered

A valuable opinion from the Middle District of Alabama on privacy v. property, mosaic theory or not, reasonable expectations of privacy on the open road. The court is constrained to find one day’s GPS tracking was reasonable under Knotts. United … Continue reading

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FL5: CI rented car for def to commit a robbery; told police and they put GPS on car; stop was with PC

The CI had knowledge defendant was going to commit a robbery and was enlisted to rent a car for it. The CI told the police, and they planted a GPS on the car with the CI’s permission. After the robbery, … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: Def was a parole absconder with a cell phone; PC existed for a warrant for a ping of the cell phone to find him

Defendant was a state parole absconder, and the officers got a warrant for a tracking order on the phone to find him, and it was issued with probable cause he’d be found with his phone. In any event, the good … Continue reading

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Forbes: Do Food Trucks Have Fourth Amendment Rights? Supreme Court Could Decide In Chicago GPS Tracker Case

Forbes: Do Food Trucks Have Fourth Amendment Rights? Supreme Court Could Decide In Chicago GPS Tracker Case by Nick Sibilla:

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Motherboard: The Private Surveillance System That Tracks Cars Nationwide

Motherboard: The Private Surveillance System That Tracks Cars Nationwide (“It’s not just the NSA with all of the surveillance power in America, there’s a booming corporate-owned surveillance industry used by private investigators.”).

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TX3: State failed to show exigency for dispensing with BAC SW

The trial court did not err by granting defendant’s motion to suppress blood evidence obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment. The State failed to prove that the warrantless blood draw was justified by exigent circumstances: the collision did not … Continue reading

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W.D.Pa.: Retaining new counsel and attempting to reopen suppression hearing under guise of IAC claim rejected

Defendant retained new counsel and moved to reopen his suppression hearing alleging former counsel was ineffective for not raising a better argument. The motion is denied because this claim doesn’t satisfy the standard for reopening. The issue was available and … Continue reading

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CA9: Even if state tracking warrant was limited to state, GFE applies

Assuming without deciding that a state tracking warrant couldn’t be tracked outside the state, the exclusionary rule would not be applied because the officers were all clearly operating in good faith. Moreover, defendant’s committing yet another bank robbery while he … Continue reading

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CNS: Nonprofit Sues for Info on Warrantless GPS Tracking of Vehicles

Courthouse News Service: Nonprofit Sues for Info on Warrantless GPS Tracking of Vehicles by Jack Rodgers:

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NC: On remand from Grady, lifetime monitoring of sex offense “recidivists” off parole or any community control violates 4A

On remand from Grady v. North Carolina, 135 S. Ct. 1368 (2015), North Carolina’s lifetime satellite based monitoring system is unconstitutional as applied to those “recidivists” who have completed parole and all post-release supervision. The court does not go into … Continue reading

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FL4: Mistakenly placed GPS on probationer isn’t suppressed under Heien and Herring

When defendant started probation, a GPS monitor was placed on him without court order by a probation employee that just assumed it was required. It wasn’t. It was an apparent violation of the Fourth Amendment, but it’s within the Heien … Continue reading

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