by Mike Masnick

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doj, gps, location, privacy, warrant

Feds Won't Challenge Ruling That Says It Needs A Warrant To Put GPS Devices On Cars... For Now

from the but-we'll-see-if-that-stays dept

Back in October, we wrote about the Third Circuit appeals court ruling that attaching a GPS device to someone's car required a warrant. While the Justice Department is now challenging the part of that decision which said that the evidence obtained via the warrantless GPS use must be sustained (the government is arguing for a "good faith exception" to let it use the information under the belief that it was collected legally -- basically saying if they knew it required a warrant they would have gotten one), it has decided to not challenge the larger point that a warrant is needed to attach a GPS device to a car. That's good news, but it's only a little bit of good news.

The government does say that it "respectfully disagrees with the Court's requirement of a warrant to install and use a GPS device" but isn't seeking a review of that ruling. That, most likely, means that it's just waiting for another court to rule on the matter in a different circuit (and hoping for a better outcome) and can pit those two circuits against each other in a Supreme Court review. So, basically, it's just avoiding the issue for the time being.

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    John Fenderson (profile), 12 Dec 2013 @ 9:23am

    Re: All newer cars already have a GPS tracker

    Maybe because lots of people disable these systems on their cars. One might expect that people engaging in criminal activities are even more likely to disable them than the average person.

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