Supreme Court: GPS location tracking qualifies as search by Tony Romm, Politico

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The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that the use of a GPS device to monitor one suspect’s car over a long period of time qualifies as a search under the Fourth Amendment — an outcome that could have legal ripple effects on law enforcement reliance on location tracking for investigations.

The decision came in the case of United States v. Jones, a fight between suspect Antoine Jones and federal prosecutors over evidence that investigators obtained while building a case against him on drug trafficking and other charges.

The federal government argued it could track for 28 days a vehicle Jones used — even though investigators’ initial warrant expired and the tracker had been installed out of state — because Jones traveled on public roads.

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