New York’s Court of Appeals has held that cops must get a warrant prior to using a GPS device to track a suspect. The 4 to 3 ruling involved a case back in 2005 when NYS police hid a GPS, known as a Q-ball, under the bumper of a suspect’s van and tracked him for 65 days.
Writing for the majority, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman indicated the new technology may be too much of an invasion of an individual’s privacy. “The whole of a person’s progress through the world, into both public and private spatial spheres, can be charted and recorded over lengthy periods possibly limited only by the need to change the transmitting unit’s batteries.” He went on to say that “GPS is not a mere enhancement of human sensory capacity, it facilitates a new technological perception of the world in which the situation of any object may be followed and exhaustively recorded over, in most cases, a practically unlimited period.”
Well, thank God for an enlightened judiciary. I wouldn’t want the world to know where I am 24/7, would you?