Tag Archives: GPS

GPS Location Data Requires a Warrant

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that cell owners can “reasonably expect that their personal information will remain private” and in order to get GPS location data police must get a search warrant. The question in State v. Thomas W. Earls was the “constitutional right to privacy in cell-phone location” and the unanimous decision written … Continue reading this entry

Federal Law Proposed to Require Warrants for GPS Data

Privacy of GPS data location in the US may improve if Congress passes the proposed bill that would require court-order search warrants before law enforcement can obtain GPS data. Although a similar bill was introduced in 2011 it failed to become law, however the pervasive use of GPS by law enforcement has created a higher … Continue reading this entry

88% of American Adults Have Cell Phones - Easy Access to GPS Data?

GPS location data on cell phone accounts for virtually every adult in the US based on Pew Research recent report that an astonishing 88% of US adults have cell phones. Whether a search warrant will be required for GPS data appears to be changing very quickly.  With the support of the American Civil Liberties Union … Continue reading this entry

Is Privacy at Risk with Mobile Purchases?

Privacy is not mentioned in the recent announcements by many large retailers for use of mobile apps for credit and debit card purchases. However, consumers’ GPS data linked to mobile devices will likely lead to less privacy. In early August, 2012 the New York Times reported that Starbucks teamed up with the mobile payment startup … Continue reading this entry

Warrantless Tracking of Cell GPS Upheld

No warrant was required to track a drug dealer’s GPS locations from cell phones since the defendant “did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the data emanating from his cell phone that showed its location.” On August 14, 2012 Justice John Rogers of the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a conviction … Continue reading this entry

More Legal Issues about Privacy (and GPS)

Privacy continues to be hot news, just look at Facebook’s S-1 disclosures in its Initial Public Offering (IPO) which among a myriad of “Risk Factors” includes this statement about privacy laws: Our business is subject to complex and evolving U.S. and foreign laws and regulations regarding privacy, data protection, and other matters. Many of these … Continue reading this entry

GPS Data Will be Considered by the US Supreme Court

Today everybody carries GPS devices in their phones (and tablets), but few people consider that our personal privacy may be compromised as a result. In November the US Supreme Court will hear argument (US v. Jones) as to whether the drug suspect’s Constitutional right to privacy was violated since a GPS device was attached to … Continue reading this entry

GPS Tracking Required Warrant

A court recently ruled that the use of GPS tracking data in a drug distribution case violated the defendant’s constitutional rights and the police needed a warrant. The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a brief in support of Antoine Jones that his expectation of privacy was violated by the GPS device placed on his vehicle. The US … Continue reading this entry