The Supreme Court struck a blow for privacy earlier in the week by handing down a ruling that police must have a search warrant in order to use GPS to track a person’s vehicle. The fourth amendment was cited in the decision, stating that using a GPS to track someone without a warrant violates that person’s rights against unreasonable search and seizure. With its roots in a case from 2005, the Supreme Court’s decision was actually the favorable conclusion of a seven-year debate.
The biggest question in each instance is whether concerns are justified. In the Supreme Court case, it seems unquestionable that the concerns raised are justified. Again, it’s a big brother scenario. Nobody wants to be tracked against their will.