Warrantless Cell Phone GPS Tracking Now Legal
The420TimesStaff | Aug 20, 2012 | Comments 1
A new federal court ruling makes it easier for law enforcement to track a suspect’s cell phone through GPS. According to The Young Turks:
“A federal appeals court on Wednesday said the authorities do not need a probable-cause warrant to track a suspect’s every move via GPS signals from a suspect’s mobile phone. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling 2-1, upheld a 20-year term for a drug courier nabbed with 1,100 pounds of marijuana in a motorhome camper the authorities tracked via his mobile phone pinging cell towers from Arizona to a Texas truck stop. The decision, a big boost for the government’s surveillance powers, comes as prosecutors are shifting their focus to warrantless cell-tower location tracking of suspects in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling in January sharply limiting the use of GPS vehicle trackers.”
This ruling will have an obvious impact on cannabis users, who are often the target of law enforcement surveillance.