Warrantless GPS Tracking – a Fourth Amendment Issue

November 10, 2011

The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on November 8, 2011 in the case of US v. Jones.  The oral arguments are available at UNITED STATES, Petitioner, v. Antoine JONES. 2011 WL 5360051. The issue presented in the case is an interesting one regarding Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches: “Whether the warrantless use of a GPS tracking device on a vehicle to monitor its movements on public streets violates the Fourth Amendment.” See the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) Amicus Brief: United States of America v. Jones, 2011 WL 4590838.

You can retrieve the briefs filed in this case by going into the database SCT-BRIEF-ALL and running a search such as: da(2011) & GPS & TI(JONES). I have also set up a WestClip in the SCT database to be notified when the Supreme Court issues an opinion in this case. My search for this clip is: TI(JONES) & GPS.