Saturday, January 28, 2012

GPS Technology an Aid to Police and Investigators; But Raise Privacy Concerns

GPS technology has been a boon to private investigators and law enforcement agencies.  Private detectives find the devices very useful for following people.  Police can tie drug dealers to their drug supply chain.  Even parents are using GPSs to keep track of their kids.  However, there are legal and privacy concerns about using a GPS to track people.  The Supreme Court recently made a decision that sets some parameters on law enforcement's use of GPSs by stating (according to the 4th Amendment) placing a GPS tracker on a vehicle is a search.  That would mean the law enforcement agencies should consider getting search warrants beforehand.  Read more in "Private Snoops Find GPS Trail Legal to Follow", The New York Times, January 28, 2012.  Learn more about the capabilities of vehicle GPS systems.

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