Hi guys! One friend of mine told me that his car was tracked by GPS tracking device and it was OK according to his local court. Still they have violated the Supreme Court ruling that prohibits such tracking, aren't they? Can we stop that someday and somehow?
Indeed, Supreme Court has forbidden the warrantless GPS tracking saying that it is not legal to track all movements of the person's vehicle without reasons enough to get a warrant for that. Still not all local courts have obeyed the ruling of Supreme Court and I guess this is the huge problem of the USA because if the highest judicial agency of the country ruled something it must apply to the whole country, don't you agree?
For example, the last case I heard about was in Iowa where some guy named Angel Amaya was accused in drug trafficking and few of his cars were warrantlessly tracked by GPS tracking devices in Iowa and 6 other states. It was the case of so called "good faith" when the suspect is tracked relying on the binding precedent in the Court of Appeals of any US Circuit.
Similar GPS tracking cases were also presented at 7th, 8th and 9th Circuit Courts and they have ruled that warrantless GPS tracking during the cases was legal. Those circuits cover such states as Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Alaska, Arizona, North and South Dakota, California, Guam, Mariana Islands, Montana, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Nevada.
Still there is a way for you to counter this situation and stop warrantless GPS tracking of your car if you are illegally tracked by someone who has no warrant to perform such tracking on your vehicle.
answered May 14 '12 at 07:11