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 since a GPS
device was attached to his vehicle without a warrant. As a matter of fact, Roger L. Easton, the
principle inventor of GPS technology, has joined the Electronic Frontier
Foundation to urge the Supreme Court to require warrants before using
GPS tracking systems.
GPS data is retained by phone
service providers and may become a larger part of litigation (and eDiscovery)
which will allow parties in litigation to track parties' location at specific
Our personal privacy may be a stake
if the Supreme Court writes a broad opinion about how much personal privacy we
can expect from GPS data since our phones (and tablets) contain GPS devices.
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