Thursday, March 1, 2012

FBI Stopped Using Over 3,000 GPS Trackers After Supreme Court Ruling

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in United States v. Jones overturning the warrantless use of GPS tracking devices has caused a “sea change” inside the U.S. Justice Department, according to FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann.

Last Friday during a conference held at the University of San Francisco entitled "Big Brother in the 21st Century" USDOJ Mr. Weissmann said that the court ruling prompted the FBI to turn off about 3,000 GPS tracking devices that were in use. Hmmm.

These devices were often stuck underneath cars to track the movements of the car owners. In U.S. v. Jones, the Supreme Court ruled that using a device to track a car owner without a search warrant violated the law. Of course, the FBI may still have some of the data and intelligence already accumulated prior to shutting off the device....

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