Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway - and no reasonable expectation that the government isn't tracking your movements.
That is the bizarre - and scary - rule that now applies in California and eight other Western states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers this vast jurisdiction, recently decided the government can monitor you in this way virtually anytime it wants - with no need for a search warrant. (Read about one man's efforts to escape the surveillance state.)
It is particularly offensive because the judges added insult to injury with some shocking class bias: the little personal privacy that still exists, the court suggested, should belong mainly to the rich.
The court's ruling, he said, means that people who protect their homes with electric gates, fences and security booths have a large protected zone of privacy around their homes. People who cannot afford such barriers have to put up with the government sneaking around at night.
Answer by QuinnMae at 9:51 AM on Aug. 25, 2010
Answer by Farmlady09 at 9:58 AM on Aug. 25, 2010
Answer by shay1130 at 9:52 AM on Aug. 25, 2010
Answer by jewjewbee at 9:52 AM on Aug. 25, 2010
Boy would they be disappointed in the results of a tracking device on my car.... I drive less than 2300miles a year... and yet I leave at least 5 times a day....
because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway...
This does bother me... I do have reasonable expectation of privacy in my driveway because that means my "personal" car is on my "personal property" that I own and pay taxes on and anyone stepping on to that personal property is trespassing.... Hmmm... does that mean that they don't have the expectation of not being shot for trespassing on my property to place the device on my car? I'll have to check on that...just to be sure I don't have to drag them in the house afterwards...can't remember the law on protecting person property...
Answer by WoodWitch at 9:56 AM on Aug. 25, 2010
ROFLMAO... Farmlady09... I'm sitting here picturing my crazy flippin squirrels running around like freaks with a GPS device on a collar. Can you image the interference from the electric lines they are running on... SO FUNNY.... I can see it now...
Hey Bob, the crazy farmlady looks to be .... is she stealing pears from that tree on the north end of that property?... wait no, the signal is fuzzy, hold on.... now come on, how can that car be there...its a heavily wooded... Hey Joe, check Google Earth and see if we can get a updated satellite image of this zone...they must have put some new roads in recently...
Answer by WoodWitch at 10:04 AM on Aug. 25, 2010
Answer by NotPanicking at 10:05 AM on Aug. 25, 2010
Answer by Izsarejman at 11:48 AM on Aug. 25, 2010
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:53 AM on Aug. 25, 2010
Answer by QuinnMae at 9:55 AM on Aug. 25, 2010