Category Archives: GPS / Tracking Data

GA: Lifetime GPS monitoring of SVPs after parole and the SO registry unreasonable under 4A

Lifetime GPS monitoring of a sexually violent predator was a Fourth Amendment violation that does not satisfy the special needs doctrine and is unreasonable. Despite the diminished expectation of privacy of a person on post-conviction supervision, this is just too … Continue reading

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Bloomberg Law: FBI Exceeded GPS Tracking Warrant, But Convictions Survive

Bloomberg Law: FBI Exceeded GPS Tracking Warrant, But Convictions Survive by Porter Wells: Duo of bank robbers ‘à la Bonnie and Clyde’ tracked by GPS Violating warrant terms not same as violating Fourth Amendment

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Fox News: Chinese schools enforce ‘smart uniforms’ with GPS tracking to surveil students

Life without a Fourth Amendment: Fox News: Chinese schools enforce ‘smart uniforms’ with GPS tracking to surveil students by Christopher Carbone: Ten schools in China have new “intelligent uniforms” that will track students’ whereabouts with embedded computer chips.

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NJ: GPS monitoring of sex offender still on supervision is reasonable under “special needs”; one not on supervision is not

Two sex offenders sued over their GPS monitoring. The state defended under the special needs doctrine. GPS monitoring of SO still on supervision is reasonable, but it is unreasonable as to the one off supervision. H.R. v. N.J. State Parole … Continue reading

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PA: GPS tracker and audio recorder worn by CI for safety reasons not prohibited by Jones or 4A

The CI had a recorder and GPS tracking device placed on him for his safety while he was riding with the defendant. This is not a “tracking device” under state statute or Jones because it wasn’t planted on defendant’s property, … Continue reading

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CA4: Unlawfully placing GPS on def’s car was flagrant 4A violation; no attenuation found

The government unlawfully placed a GPS device on defendant’s car and two days later stopped him. It argued in the district court a lack of standing, which prevailed there, and then conceded they were wrong on appeal. The constitutional violation … Continue reading

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WI: GPS warrant is not subject to execution in 5 days requirement because it is for information not something physical

Because placement of a GPS device gathers information and not something physical or digital or a document, it is not subject to the execution in five days requirement of state law. State v. Pinder, 2018 WI 106, 2018 Wisc. LEXIS … Continue reading

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NC reverse to satellite monitoring sex offender conditions for lack of findings

“The trial court ordered Defendant Aaron Lee Gordon to enroll in lifetime satellite-based monitoring following his eventual release from prison. Defendant appeals. Because the State cannot establish at this time that Defendant’s submission to satellite-based monitoring will constitute a reasonable … Continue reading

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Ars Technica: Cheese danish shipping, warrantless GPS trackers, and a border doctrine challenge

Ars Technica: Cheese danish shipping, warrantless GPS trackers, and a border doctrine challenge BY Cyrus Farivar:

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TN: Because a probation search doesn’t require PC, staleness of information is not an issue

A probation search does not require probable cause, so staleness is not an issue. State v. Ward, 2018 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 666 (Aug. 30, 2018). Defendant had a GPS put on his vehicle and thermal imaging of his building, … Continue reading

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SC: GPS on a probationer has to be properly authenticated, and PO isn’t the way

Defendant was accused of robbing a Zaxby’s restaurant with a probationer wearing a GPS monitor. The probationer pled. Defendant went to trial, and the probation officer was used to authenticate the GPS information. It was inadequate. However, the court applies … Continue reading

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CA8: Gratuitously drawing weapons after initial stop was unreasonable

The initial drawing of weapons at the beginning of a stop was not unreasonable under all the facts. Doing it again gratuitously without apparent justification was unreasonable. Wilson v. Lamp, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 24386 (8th Cir. Aug. 28, 2018). … Continue reading

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