Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Wednesday August 15, 2012

Courts Okay Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking

The courts have made it abundantly clear, if you aren't doing anything wrong, you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Besides, if you weren't a scumbag criminal, the cops wouldn't be tracking you in the first place. Duh. (.PDF)

When criminals use modern technological devices to carry out criminal acts and to reduce the possibility of detection, they can hardly complain when the police take advantage of the inherent characteristics of those very devices to catch them. This is not a case in which the government secretly placed a tracking device in someone’s car. The drug runners in this case used pay-as-you-go (and thus presumably more difficult to trace) cell phones to communicate during the crosscountry shipment of drugs. Unfortunately for the drug runners, the phones were trackable in a way they may not have suspected. The Constitution, however, does not protect their erroneous expectations regarding the undetectability of their modern tools.