Warrants for Geolocation Data? No Thanks, Says FLEOA

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The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) urged the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security at a hearing in May to nix a bill requiring all law enforcement agents to first obtain a warrant prior to perusing the geolocation data provided by the suspect’s cellphone carrier.   The law enforcement community feels this will hinder certain investigations as the geolocation data is sometimes the key to obtaining a probable cause warrant to continue collecting evidence. John Ramsey, the national vice president of the FLEOA, addressed the subcommittee: “These are not witch hunts as some may allude to.Read More

Iowa Police Chief Weighs In On Supreme Court’s Warrantless Tracking Decision

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We’ve provided extensive coverage of the recent Supreme Court ruling calling for authorities to first obtain a warrant prior to placing a GPS tracking device on a suspect’s car. The FBI is merely one of many agencies who have frowned upon the decision, arguing that it is just going to make their jobs more difficult by making it harder to prove the wrong-doings of certain suspects. Others, like Iowa City Police Chief Sam Hargadine, disagree. Regarding the court’s ruling, Hargadine said, “I’m surprised it’s taken this long, and I would agree with the court that this is an invasion of privacy.Read More

Canada Clarifies GPS Tracking in Law Enforcement

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In the GPS community, everyone is talking about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the guidelines when using GPS in law enforcement. When police secretly tagged a suspected drug dealer’s vehicle with a tracker, then used the resulting data to charge him with a crime, they set in motion a legal battle that has had international effects. The final verdict states that in order to place a GPS tracking device on an individual’s private property, U.S. officers must first obtain a warrant from a judge. According to the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court justices, attaching a device toRead More