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Group urges U.S. to require warrants for location-based tracking

Jaikumar Vijayan | Sept. 21, 2011
Law enforcement officials should be required to obtain a warrant based on probable cause before using GPS or other electronic location tracking to follow individuals, a bi-partisan group said in a report released today.

"We believe that such transformative changes in technology must be recognized in the law to ensure that Fourth Amendment protections continue to apply," the committee noted.

The report comes at a time when courts around the country have appeared split on the issue of warrantless location tracking. While some courts have upheld the government's use of warrantless tracking of suspects in criminal cases, others have rejected such tracking.



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