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US appeals court in Philadelphia: Police need warrant to put GPS device on suspect's car
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, November 3, 2013 1:06 PM EST
A U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia has ruled that police can't routinely put GPS devices on vehicles without search warrants.
Police put a GPS device under their bumper of three brothers suspected in a series of pharmacy robberies, and soon tracked them to another burglary. They found pills and other property from the pharmacy in the van.
But a federal judge threw out that evidence, and the appeals court agreed.
The American Civil Liberties Union says it would be easy for police to abuse the practice, because the devices are so cheap. The Justice Department is considering an appeal.