GPS Tracking By Federal Agents Legal

Posted: August 29, 2010 in Big Brother

By Lauren Schmoll | Time Magazine
Published: August 26, 2010
Updated: August 26, 2010 – 6:34 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, California —

Government agents are now legally able to sneak onto your property, put a GPS tracking device on your car and track your movement without you ever knowing if you live in California or eight other western states. This comes after a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

According to an article in Time Magazine, it’s been a case hanging in the balance for three years.

“This case began in 2007, when Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents decided to monitor Juan Pineda-Moreno, an Oregon resident who they suspected was growing marijuana,” Time reported. “They snuck onto his property in the middle of the night and found his Jeep in his driveway, a few feet from his trailer home. Then they attached a GPS tracking device to the vehicle’s underside.”

Pineda-Moreno later challenged the actions.

“A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled in January that it was all perfectly legal,” Time reported. “More disturbingly, a larger group of judges on the circuit, who were subsequently asked to reconsider the ruling, decided this month to let it stand.”

In Thursday’s Buzz segment, NBC 4 asked: In 9 states, it’s now legal for government agents put a GPS tracking device on your car in your driveway- without your knowledge- and track your movements. A US Court of Appeals says it doesn’t violate your rights & they don’t need a search warrant because you have no reasonable expectation of privacy in your… driveway, & no reasonable expectation the government isn’t tracking your movements. Opinons?

  1. Solusitek says:

    tiny gps would have capability tracking that!

  2. Scott Baker says:

    I can only find articles that state, “California and 8 other western states”. What are the eight other western states where GPS can be used without a warrant?

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