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GPS Tracking Required Warrant

A court recently ruled that the use of GPS tracking data in a drug distribution case violated the defendant's constitutional rights and the police needed a warrant. The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a brief in support of Antoine Jones that his expectation of privacy was violated by the...

Michele L. Berry on United States v. Maynard and GPS Surveillance: Prolonged Surveillance Equates a Search under the Fourth Amendment

By Michele L. Berry “In United States v. Maynard , 615 F.3d 544 (D.C. Cir. 2010) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version available from lexisONE Free Case Law ] the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals conducted a Fourth Amendment review of the use of a GPS monitoring...

Student Files Lawsuit Over FBI's GPS Tracking

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A community college student who says he's never done anything that should attract the interest of federal law enforcement officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the FBI for secretly putting a GPS tracking device on his car. Yasir Afifi, 20, says a mechanic doing an oil...

GPS Privacy in Doubt for Former OnStar Customers

Effective in December 2011 OnStar GPS navigation-and-emergency-services company will collect vehicle data for those customers who terminate their agreements . The 10 page OnStar Privacy Statement states that: Unless the Data Connection to your Vehicle is deactivated, data about your Vehicle...

Free Download: Keller & Heckman Telecom Business Alert - Vol. VIII Issue 38

Jobs Act Includes Public Safety and Spectrum Provisions Last week, President Obama unveiled the American Jobs Act proposing to allocate the 700 MHz D-Block to public safety, fund network construction through spectrum auctions and to impose additional fees on licensees. The bill would grant the D-block...

Free Download: Keller & Heckman Telecom Business Alert - Vol. VIII Issue 41

LightSquared Claims GPS Interference Caused by Ignored Standards In a letter filed with the FCC last week, LightSquared claimed GPS manufacturers ignored government standards adopted by the Defense Department in developing GPS receivers. By ignoring these standards, LightSquared asserts that GPS receivers...

GPS Data Will be Considered by the US Supreme Court

Today everybody carries GPS devices in their phones (and tablets), but few people consider that our personal privacy may be compromised as a result. In November the US Supreme Court will hear argument ( US v. Jones ) as to whether the drug suspect's Constitutional right to privacy was violated...

International Aviation and Space Law Toolbox

The Limit of the Final Frontier....? Sputnik Welcome to the LexisNexis International Aviation and Space Law Toolbox, the collection of our content that provides laws and legal analysis pertinent to the resolution of issues pertaining to the aviation industry and/or arising in or concerning outer...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 51, 2011 in Review

YEAR IN REVIEW During 2011, Congress dabbled with spectrum allocations while the FCC dealt with LightSquared, narrowbanding, mergers and other issues. Before turning our attention to the Presidential election and narrowbanding deadline that await in 2012, we take a quick look back at the highs and...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. IX Issue 1, Telecom Predictions for 2012

Telecom Predictions for 2012 Although predicting the future is always a tricky business, the attorneys of Keller and Heckman LLP offer the following predictions for 2012 in the world of telecommunications. To see how we fared on our 2011 predictions, click here . "I'm hoping this will...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. IX Issue 2

LightSquared Files Petition Seeking FCC Ruling on GPS Interference Protection The debate regarding interference from LightSquared's proposed terrestrial system continues. On December 14 th , the Federal Government's National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert - Vol. IX Issue 7

House Subcommittee Hearing Focuses on LightSquared's Impact on GPS Last week, the House Subcommittee on Aviation held a Hearing examining the use of GPS in the Aviation Industry. At the Hearing, John Pocari, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Deputy Transportation Secretary, reiterated...

Peter S. Vogel: Is Privacy at Risk with Mobile Purchases?

Privacy is not mentioned in the recent announcements by many large retailers for use of mobile apps for credit and debit card purchases . However, consumers' GPS data linked to mobile devices will likely lead to less privacy. In early August, 2012 the New York Times reported that Starbucks teamed...

Peter S. Vogel: 88% of American Adults Have Cell Phones - Easy Access to GPS Data?

GPS location data on cell phone accounts for virtually every adult in the US based on Pew Research recent report that an astonishing 88% of US adults have cell phones . Whether a search warrant will be required for GPS data appears to be changing very quickly. With the support of the American Civil...

Peter S. Vogel: Warrantless Tracking of Cell GPS Upheld by 6th Circuit

By Peter S. Vogel No warrant was required to track a drug dealer's GPS locations from cell phones since the defendant "did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the data emanating from his cell phone that showed its location." On August 14, 2012 Justice John Rogers of the US...

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It's Time for Real Property Law to Join the 21st Century

I handle a number real estate transactions each year. It is not uncommon to find an error in the property description located in a deed. Often somewhere in the chain of title, someone made a typo which was then passed on from deed to deed to deed. Attorneys call such mistakes "scrivener's errors...