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GPS and Privacy Rights (Editorial)

GPS and Privacy Rights (Editorial)

On the appellate ruling in Weaver v. People this week

…. Rather than wade into unclear federal law, the New York State Court of Appeals based its decision on the State Constitution’s privacy provision. The rule the court laid down will apply in New York no matter how the Supreme Court interprets the Fourth Amendment.

There will no doubt be many more federal and state court rulings about the constitutionality of warrantless GPS monitoring. It is never easy to fit modern technology into the broad privacy principles that the drafters of the federal and state constitutions laid out. As judges look for guidance, this week’s decision from New York State’s highest court is the place to start.

Source – NY Times

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