Spidey-tracer legal?

A while back we talked about how the LAPD was working on an attachable GPS unit for tracking suspects. CNN has a story on the use of GPS for tracking suspects using GPS in a real world situation, but with a twist (and a video). The report wonders whether the use of trackers without a warrant is legal. Spatial Law recently commented on a related article from the Washington Post. This is a long standing issue related to privacy and spatial data which continues to not have a clear legal or ethical answer and often leads to several questions on many projects. Take a minute to consider the issue at hand with the use of GPS in law enforcement and let us know what you think.

Is GPS a high-tech crime-fighting tool or Big Brother? – CNN.com

Of course you have to love the 007 footage blended into the beginning of the report.


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Jesse is Instructor in Geography and a PhD candidate in Geography focusing on the integration of phenomenology and geospatial technologies to study prehistoric cultural landscape. He is a GIS Professional and Registered Professional Archaeologist and holds an MA in Geography and a BS in Anthropology with a concentration in archaeology.