What Happens When You Remove a Police-Installed GPS Tracker

What Happens When You Remove a Police-Installed GPS Tracker

Photograph: Alamy Back in 2012, the US Supreme Court ruled that it’s illegal for the police to attach a GPS tracking device to someone’s car without a warrant. But what if you find a GPS tracking device on your car? Can you remove it? This story originally appeared on Ars Technica , a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews, and more. Ars is owned by WIRED’s parent company, Condé Nast. A little more than a year ago, the state of Indiana charged a suspected drug dealer with theft for removing a government-owned GPS tracking device from his SUV. This month, the state’s Supreme Court began considering the case , and some justices seemed skeptical of the government’s argument. “I’m really struggling with how is that theft,” said Justice Steven David during recent oral arguments . The case began in July 2018, when the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office got a warrant to attach a GPS tracking device to Derek Heuring’s car. Information from a confidential informant had led them to believe that Heuring was using the vehicle to sell meth. The GPS device transmitted data for a little more than a week. Then it stopped. Officers suspected […]

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