Big news just in from EFF: “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today firmly rejected government claims that federal agents have an unfettered right to install Global Positioning System (GPS) location-tracking devices on anyone’s car without a search warrant.”
The fact that the Executive Branch was arguing FOR putting GPS on cars is disconcerting. The EFF site says this about the case:
In United States v. Maynard, FBI agents planted a GPS device on a car while it was on private property and then used it to track the position of the automobile every ten seconds for a full month, all without securing a search warrant. In an amicus brief filed in the case, EFF and the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital argued that unsupervised use of such tactics would open the door for police to abuse their power and continuously track anyone’s physical location for any reason, without ever having to go to a judge to prove the surveillance is justified.
The FBI did this under Bush but Obama’s Justice department continued to argue the case. At least the Circuit Court was able to recognize the dangers. Otherwise, 24 hour surveillance by the Executive branch and civl authorities of anyone could occur without any oversight by another branch of our government.