Thursday, September 02, 2010

Warrantless GPS tracking on your car? Government says it's ok!

Pineda-Moreno's constitutional rights were, clearly I believe, violated by a warrantless GPS tracker attached to his car in an attempt to bust a marijuana growing operation.

"In the 10-page ruling, two of the Ninth Circuit judges held that the DEA agents did not violate Pineda-Moreno's constitutional rights. The judges ruled that because Pineda-Moreno's had not taken specific steps to exclude passersby from his driveway -- by installing a gate or posting no trespassing signs, for instance -- he could not claim reasonable privacy expectations.

The Ninth Circuit panel ruled that the actions by the agents were comparable to the delivery of newspapers to the house, or the retrieval of a ball accidentally thrown under the vehicle by a neighbor."

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