In a case that had the justices questioning just how far the expectation of privacy extends in a world of ever-evolving technologies, the U.S. Supreme Court considered last week whether the police’s use of a warrantless GPS tracking device on a suspect’s car violated the Fourth Amendment.
There is a chance that the justices could rule broadly on the issue. For example, the court could hold that the installation of the device did not even constitute a search, allowing the court to skip the expectation-of-privacy analysis altogether. But at oral arguments, the justices seemed to go the opposite route, considering in detail the implications of a world where information from high-tech devices could be used by the government to track individuals’ every move.
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