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Submission + - Court allows clandestine police GPS tracking (cnn.com)

MasaMuneCyrus writes: Pineda-Moreno was arrested and charged for illegaly growing marijuana, and one piece of evidence used against him was data from a GPS tracking unit that had been secretly (and without a warrant) attached to his Jeep that was sitting on his driveway in his property at night. His lawyer has appealed on the grounds that sneaking onto a person's driveway and secretly tracking their car violates a person's reasonable expectation of privacy, but the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the appeal twice. All hope is not lost, however, as a Washington D.C. federal appeals court has ruled that the police needed a proper warrant for such a procedure. Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, said the defendant's driveway was private and that the decision would allow police to use tactics he called "creepy" and "underhanded."

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