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Apparently, the only place you have a reasonable expectation of privacy is in your closet under a blanket or at an abortion clinic

Courts rule it’s ok to attach a GPS tracking device to your car without a warrant:

Holbrook wrote that “a reasonable expectation of privacy” does not exist for those parking and traveling on public roads.

“The device was attached to a vehicle found on public property” and “monitored their travel in public and at no time did the defendant attempt to shield the vehicle from the public,” he wrote.

19 Responses to “Apparently, the only place you have a reasonable expectation of privacy is in your closet under a blanket or at an abortion clinic”

  1. Shootin' Buddy Says:

    How about for the judge’s car?

  2. wizardpc Says:

    Hey in TN, if you get caught tracking someones car with a GPS device it’s a $50 fine-only C misdemeanor.

  3. Chas Says:

    Q: Can they stick one up your ass too?

    A: Yes, as long as your ass is in public, because you then have no reasonable expectation of privacy, they say.

  4. bwm Says:

    What if they stick a GPS unit on your car and you drive to an abortion clinic?

  5. Nylarthotep Says:

    No reasonable expectation of privacy when it comes to tracking your movements? What next, taxing you for not doing something? Oh, wait…

  6. Bubblehead Les Says:

    Maybe we should put these trackers on some Politicians cars and track them to their Mistresses homes, then Out THEM! Betcha the Law will change fast!

  7. Will Says:

    Bubblehead, that would only work if we were cops. This ruling doesn’t allow non-leos to track anyone.

  8. Michael Silence Says:

    Then it stands to reason a member of the public can mount one on a police car. After all, it is a publicly-funded vehicle, unlike a private citizen’s car. Say, doesn’t GPS also tell you MPH?

  9. Bobby Says:

    Now, what about when I find some shady fuck at night screwing around under my car?

  10. ATLien Says:

    Our country is fail. A generation or two ago, any judge ruling this would be tossed out. At the beginning of this country, he may have been dealt with violently. As he should be now.

  11. Weer'd Beard Says:

    “Now, what about when I find some shady fuck at night screwing around under my car?”

    That small metal device in his hand SURE looks like a Glock to me!

    Just sayin’!

  12. John Smith. Says:

    Man under my car with a small box = Bomb…

  13. chris Says:

    Just don’t photograph the cops while they are installing the tracking device.

    I don’t know whether to send this judge a Copy of the Constitution, Animal Farm or both.

    I don’t want to live in his internment camp.

  14. Mr Evilwrench Says:

    Um, yeah, I found that stuck to my car, realized what it was, and wanting to cooperate with the legitimate business of law enforcement, I put it back. Unfortunately, before I could get it back on there, I dropped it. (Don’t have to tell them I dropped it thirty times, as hard as I could, onto concrete.)

  15. Jason Says:

    What if I park my car in the garage at night? Is that an “attempt to shield the vehicle from the public”? Does that make it illegal to attach a GPS to my car? Wouldn’t this law unfairly target the poor?

    What if I find the GPS device on my car? Is it illegal to remove it? Can I tie it to a squirrel?

  16. Name Redacted Says:

    @ Mr Evilwrench.

    No, you should toss it onto a passing train or attach it to a 16 wheeler.

  17. Eagle 1 Says:

    Better to tie it to a Canada goose. Let ’em try to recover it.

  18. Mayor Joel Stoner Says:

    The easiest way to deal with bad judicial decisions like this one, is to gather a petition for a Constitutional Amendment in your state, or to gather a petition to your state legislators to pass a Constitutional Amendment or law making this a crime. LEO’s are protected by most state’s laws. So attaching a GPS to one of their patrol cars could be a crime. Probably Interfering with police business. Most likely if people were to attach such devices to Legislators, Judges, and local officials vehicles, they would pass laws that only protected themselves not the citizens at large.

    I will be proposing an ordinance shortly banning the placement of GPS units on a vehicle without the owners permission, unless you have a valid warrant, with the City to be notified of such warrant. At least i have the ability to protect the citizens of Macks Creek, Missouri. Anyone interested in the ordinance, let me know by calling the City at 573-363-5501, Leave a message on the machine, or with the clerk.

    Joel Stoner, Mayor
    City of Macks Creek

  19. Ron W Says:


    A copy of the Constitution to the judge?? You may be cited for contempt of court…or worse…