The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that cops can’t put a GPS tracking device on a suspect’s car without a search warrant.
However, the court split on just how far the ruling should go and whether and how it should apply to other technologies.
It was a ruling in which the justices didn’t line up along traditional left-right lines, with Sonia Sotomayor (an Obama appointee) siding with Antoni Scalia (a Reagan appointee) for part of the ruling, while Samuel Alito (a George W. Bush appointee) siding with liberal justices on another part of the ruling.
In any case, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, who is often involved in technology matters, issues this statement:
Congressman Bob Goodlatte issued this statement following today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision that law enforcement using GPS tracking technology to monitor vehicle movements without a search warrant violates the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures.
“I am encouraged by today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision which upholds Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights and confirms the fact that a warrant is necessary for tracking an individual’s movements with a GPS device. However, the Court stopped short of requiring a warrant for all geolocation information including that obtained from mobile telephones. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (GPS) Act, which protects individual liberty by providing clear guidelines for when and how geolocation information can be accessed and used.”
Congressman Goodlatte is a lead cosponsor of the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (GPS) Act, legislation introduced by Representative Chaffetz (R-UT). This bipartisan legislation provides clarity for government agencies, commercial entities, and the public regarding the legal procedures and protections that apply to geolocation information.