For months, proponents and opponents have argued the warrantless GPS tracking problem. With the Supreme Court unanimously agreed that placement of a warrantless GPS tracking device was unconstitutional, law enforcement will have to adapt while still benefiting from the GPS tracking technology. Although the Court was unanimous in its decision, there was a split on the reasoning thus opening the door for ongoing discussions pertaining to privacy. The Supreme Court was careful to limit the U.S. decision vs. Jones by law the use of GPS tracking application. Modern technology and abundant access to information online today only complicates the protection provided in the fourth and fourteenth amendments to the Constitution. We believe that the judges were well aware that many privacy challenges would come to Court based on alternative technologies.
Privacy in the digital age
Modern electronics provides not only access to a wealth of information, they offer unprecedented convenience. The phone offers the perfect example of this and would probably be a candidate for future cases. Twenty-five years ago, mobile phones were introduced in mass and mobility began to take shape. However, today brings the power of a personal computer and almost makes the phone have a rethink. Internet access, two-way communication including SMS and social media are just a few examples of how your privacy may be compromised. The Supreme Court ruling last week, Justice Sotomayor wrote: “in the course of performing mundane tasks, Americans disclose telephone numbers dialed, URLs visited,” the books, food and drugs that purchase. ” In addition, our mobile phones incorporate a GPS receiver that is used by many aftermarket applications. Consumers go about their day not knowing which can already be traced by GPS or cell tower triangulation, let alone historical record of communications and transactions. Mobile phones, as well as many other amenities are equipped with a level of responsibility and personal responsibility.
GPS Tracking offers many advantages
GPS tracking devices have not only benefited from law enforcement, but consumers and business owners alike for more than 20 years. Those who claim that GPS tracking devices are used by everyday citizens to illegally monitor others and employees lose a principle of responsibility. GPS tracking devices provide many individuals with valuable information that improves security and productivity. There will always be those who benefit from the technology beyond its intended purpose. We cannot stifle American ingenuity benefit most to appease a few. If we make our opinions based on these facts, the same might be said about video cameras and tape recorders. Stay tuned, as we will continue to monitor privacy issues in the future.