Category Archives: GPS / Tracking Data

CNS: Seventh Circuit Examines Lifetime GPS Tracking of Sex Offender

CNS: Seventh Circuit Examines Lifetime GPS Tracking of Sex Offenders by Joe Kelly (“The Seventh Circuit on Friday weighed the intrusiveness of a Wisconsin statute that institutes lifetime GPS monitoring of certain convicted sex offenders against the necessity of preventing … Continue reading

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CA9: There is no exhaustion requirement for other investigative techniques for a tracking warrant, but failure to adequately brief it is waiver anyway

The affidavit for this GPS tracking warrant said that other investigative techniques had been exhausted, and defendant claims it was false. “Colldock also contests the affidavit’s statement that law enforcement had, before seeking a GPS tracking warrant, ‘exhausted its investigative … Continue reading

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Techdirt: Government’s ‘Reverse’ Warrant Rejected By Two Consecutive Federal Judges

Techdirt: Government’s ‘Reverse’ Warrant Rejected By Two Consecutive Federal Judges by Tim Cushing (“Warrants are supposed to have a certain amount of particularity. These warrants have none. All they have are some coordinates and a clock. Fortunately, as the EFF … Continue reading

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FoxNews: Google CEO says tech giant deletes this information used by police

FoxNews: Google CEO says tech giant deletes this information used by police by Brooke Brothers (“Google now sets a time limit on data used by police for tracking suspects, the CEO said at Wednesday’s congressional hearing with tech giants. The … Continue reading

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Slate: Customs and Border Protection Can Track Cars Nationwide Via Commercial Database

Slate: Customs and Border Protection Can Track Cars Nationwide Via Commercial Database by Hannah Klein (“It turns out that U.S. Customs and Border Protection could now keep an eye on your car without even getting a warrant. This month, we … Continue reading

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AP: Geofence warrants to be tested in VA bank robbery case

AP: Geofence warrants to be tested in Virginia bank robbery case (“Surveillance video gave authorities a lead, showing a man holding a cellphone outside the Call Federal Credit Union in Midlothian on May 20, 2019. So like a growing number of … Continue reading

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MD & NY2: Court ordered GPS tracking satisfied warrant requirement

Court ordered GPS tracking of a vehicle for up to 30 days under state statute satisfied the warrant requirement for its showing of probable cause before a neutral and detached magistrate. Whittington v. State, 2020 Md. App. LEXIS 621 (July … Continue reading

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CNET: Geofence warrants: How police get data from all devices in targeted areas

CNET: Geofence warrants: How police get data from all devices in targeted areas by Alfred Ng (“The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is also challenging the constitutionality of geofence warrants in a Virginia case. The organization argues that geofence … Continue reading

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NC: State fails to show need for satellite based monitoring of sex offender who won’t be released from prison until 2032

The state fails to show the need for constant satellite based monitoring for defendant convicted sex offender who won’t even be released from prison until 2032. State v. Gordon, 2020 N.C. App. LEXIS 205 (Mar. 17, 2020):

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Protocol: Through apps, not warrants, ‘Locate X’ allows federal law enforcement to track phones

Protocol: Through apps, not warrants, ‘Locate X’ allows federal law enforcement to track phones by Charles Levinson (“Federal agencies have big contracts with Virginia-based Babel Street. Depending on where you’ve traveled, your movements may be in the company’s data.”)

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IN: Warrant-placed GPS unit’s failure is not PC to believe defendant stole it

Just because a GPS device lawfully planted on a car stops working is not probable cause to believe the defendant stole it. The search warrant for his house and barn to recover it lacked all probable cause and any basis … Continue reading

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OR: Car owner had no REP from GPS installed by his company before he got the car from them

Plaintiff worked for Toyota Motor Credit and Toyota Financial Services. When he severed his employment with them, he was allowed to keep the vehicle he used for them. Unbeknownst to him, Toyota Financial Services had a GPS device on the … Continue reading

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S.D.N.Y.: Venue for a motion for return of seized property is where the property was seized

Venue for a motion for return of seized property is where the property was seized, here the E.D. N.Y. United States v. Collado, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7873 (S.D. N.Y. Jan. 16, 2020). Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not challenging … Continue reading

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CA11: Border search of disabled vessel towed to port obviated need to decide warrantless planting of GPS on it

Defendant’s vessel broke down off West Palm Beach, and CBP boarded it when it was towed in for a border search. Nothing was found, but various things about the boat, like it’s prior owner was a drug trafficker and defendant’s … Continue reading

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NYTimes: The F.A.A. Wants to Start Tracking Drones’ Locations

NYTimes: The F.A.A. Wants to Start Tracking Drones’ Locations by Heather Murphy (“A proposal would require most drones flying in American airspace to include technology that would allow the government to keep tabs on them.”)

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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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