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ACLU wants warrant requirement for GPS tracking

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Navigation gadgets are now so widely available no one needs to worry about getting lost anymore - except when theyre trying to choose the right device.

Navigation gadgets are now so widely available no one needs to worry about getting lost anymore - except when they're trying to choose the right device.

The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to convince a panel of judges that the government must obtain a warrant before placing a GPS tracker on a suspect's car.

ACLU attorneys contend that without a warrant, such tracking violates the Constitutional amendment against unreasonable searches. The ACLU is scheduled to square off with government lawyers on Tuesday in federal appeals court in Philadelphia.

According to legal briefs, the government will argue that authorities shouldn't need a warrant if they have probable cause to believe something criminal is afoot.

The case before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals involves three brothers suspected of robbing pharmacies in the Philadelphia area.

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