Friday, January 23, 2015

Lawmakers push to require a warrant for GPS tracking by police

Lawmakers in both parties are pushing to require that police have a warrant before tracking people’s locations via their cellphones and other GPS devices.

Members of the House and Senate introduced the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (GPS) Act on Thursday, which would protect information about people’s locations from the police and other people.

“Buying a smartphone shouldn’t be interpreted as giving the government a free pass to track your movements,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), one of the bill’s authors, said in a statement. “GPS data can be a valuable tool for law enforcement, but our laws need to keep up with technology and set out exactly when and how the government can collect Americans’ electronic location data.”


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