September 23, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A divided New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday ruled that requiring a sex offender to wear a GPS tracking device after he has completed his sentence violates the federal and state constitutions. The 2007 Sex Offender Monitoring Act (SOMA) requires the states highest-risk sex offenders to wear GPS ...[read more]
November 5, 2013
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist Samar Warsi, a legal fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, says that courts must closely scrutinize the reach and access the government has to information when crafting Fourth Amendment jurisprudence in the digital age...In a legal system where Fourth ...[read more]
October 23, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled Tuesday that a warrant is required prior to the government's attachment of a global positioning system (GPS) device to a vehicle for the purposes of monitoring the vehicle's movements. In December 2010 FBI agents affixed a "slap-on" GPS tracker ...[read more]
August 11, 2013
by Blake Lynch
Harbinger Capital filed $1.9 billion dollar lawsuit Friday against Deere & Co and global positioning system (GPS) companies, including Garmin International and Trimble Navigation Ltd., claiming the defendants bankrupted the wireless company LightSquared. Harbinger claims in the suit that it ...[read more]
May 2, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On May 2, 2000, the US discontinued the use of Selective Availability, a program that degraded the ability of non-governmental users to have access to precise Global Positioning Systems (GPS). President Bill Clinton made the announcement on May 1 that at midnight precisely, GPS would be made ...[read more]
September 6, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to reconsider a case in which it decided last month that police use of GPS tracking on a person's cell phone is not an illegal search under the Fourth Amendment. The ACLU asserts that this ...[read more]
August 16, 2012
by Max Slater
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on Wednesday under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to compel the FBI to release two memoranda detailing the agency's policy on GPS tracking. The ACLU asserts that the memos were written shortly following the US Supreme Court decision ...[read more]
August 14, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday ruled that police did not violate the Fourth Amendment protection against illegal searches when they tracked a suspect's cell phone using the phone's global positioning system (GPS) signal. Melvin Skinner was convicted ...[read more]
June 1, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A lawyer for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday defended the warrantless use of global positioning system (GPS) devices on suspects' vehicles despite a January Supreme Court ruling declaring GPS tracking to be a "search" under the Fourth Amendment. In oral arguments before the US ...[read more]
April 15, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On April 15, 2011, the Obama administration petitioned the US Supreme Court for certiorari in the case of US v. Maynard in an appeal from an August 2010 decision in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Specifically, the government appealed the lower court's determination ...[read more]

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