On Monday, we wrote about the Wisconsin ruling that police didn't violate anyone's rights in putting a GPS device
on the car of someone they were tracking. It didn't take long for a different court in a different case to disagree. A bunch of folks have sent in the news that a court in NY had tossed out a similar case, claiming that the GPS evidence was illegally obtained
. The ruling lays out many of the reasons why such technologies aren't the same as simply observing what someone does in public:
"What the technology yields and records with breathtaking quality and quantity is a highly detailed profile, not simply of where we go, but by easy inference, of our associations -- political, religious, amicable and amorous, to name only a few -- and of the pattern of our professional and avocational pursuits."
I expect that we'll be seeing many more such cases in the next few years until this is settled either by the law or the Supreme Court.