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GPS Tracking May Require Warrant

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Law Enforcement Disagree With Political View On GPS Tracking

Almost every single cellular phone now comes equipped with GPS tracking enabled chips that allow a person’s cellular provider or potentially a law enforcement agency the ability to access the location of an individual at anytime. GPS tracking enabled phones are constantly broadcasting their location out into space, and the only way to really successfully stop the phone from transmitting position is to turn the device off.

A Maryland Senator, Lisa Gladden, wants to change the rules of the game by requiring law enforcement groups to obtain legal documentation in the form of a warrant if they intend on accessing the GPS tracking enabled information transmitted from a phone. Although the proposed plan is supported by some privacy activists, law enforcement groups believe the possible initiative would restrict their ability to successfully do their job.

A spokesman speaking on behalf of the Baltimore Police Department did not go into the specifics of how they use GPS tracking enabled cellular phones to monitor suspects, but did state that the technology is a valuable tool, and that it allows them to conduct investigations more efficiently. The Baltimore Police Department, as well as many other law enforcement agencies, feel the current system is set to give the authorities the best advantage over criminals, and that changing the laws associated with GPS tracking for no specific reason would only hurt their investigative efforts.

Gladden appears unconcerned about how law enforcement agencies feel, and believes that allowing police to access GPS tracking information without requiring them to obtain a warrant is an invasion of privacy.

The police know what tools they need to successfully do their job, and it is unfortunate that a politician wants to change police procedures that have had a long history of being successful in apprehending criminals. By restricting the way law enforcement use GPS vehicle trackers or access GPS tracking enabled phones to monitor criminals, Gladden will single-handedly make the Maryland police force less effective.

Source: ABC News