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Cops Don't Need Warrants to Plant GPS on Cars, Federal Court Says

A federal judge in California recently ruled that police can place a GPS on a person's car without his or her knowledge without seeking a warrant. CNN reports that Juan Pineda-Moreno's appeal was rejected for the third time in early August by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers nine West Coast states. Pineda-Moreno claimed that Oregon DEA agents had violated his privacy by sneak...

GPS Showing Up in the Darndest Places

As we've noted before, tracking devices powered by GPS are becoming increasingly ubiquitous these days. GPS-equipped phones have recently made headlines for such disparate reasons as aiding police and enabling stalkers. While many of us are a little weirded out by the increasing prevalence of these devices, a recent story in the Telegraph demonstrates that some folks are quite comfortable with ...

Joy Riding Teens Tracked and Arrested Thanks to GPS

Global Positioning System (GPS) devices aren't exactly a new technological development -- the first GPS satellites were launched in the late '70s, handheld GPS trackers were used in the first Gulf War, and the first cell phone with built-in GPS service debuted in the late '90s. Nevertheless, crooks still manage to overlook the technology -- often to their downfall. In one of the latest GPS relat...

Grocery Store GPS Coming for Senior Citizens, Potheads

Grocery shopping can be an intimidating ordeal -- long aisles with multiple signs, constantly changing sections, and distracting food samples sit between you and your final destination, the checkout. Apparently, this a real problem in the UK. To combat this growing social malady, scientists across the pond have devised an in-store GPS system for grocery stores that leads confused shoppers to th...

Researcher to Use GPS to Study Asthma Triggers

You wouldn't expect GPS tech to have an impact on asthma research, but the University of Wisconsin-Madison's David Van Sickle says it will -- he's planning on tagging sufferers so he can learn when and where they reach for their inhalers. The data will hopefully make sorting out environmental triggers of the disease much easier -- it took scientists eight years to prove that soybean dust near the ...

Young Inventor's GPS Gadget E-Mails Parents When Kids Speed

Even though GPS software can be used for numerous noble pursuits, including tracking lost pets and helping monitor Alzheimers patients, the technolog is still criticized for being an invasion of privacy. Jonathan Fischer, a 20-year-old college student from Lunenburg, Massachusetts, has designed a GPS gadget, called the Speed Demon, which will be difficult for anyone to condemn, with the possibl...

Australian Private Investigators Offer Illegal Spouse-Tracking Services

Australians worried about cheating spouses also need to be wary of private investigators and Web sites trying to take advantage of their vulnerability. Numerous private investigation firms in Australia are now offering services which include mobile phone monitoring. There's only one problem. It's illegal. According to the Australian Surveillance Devices Act, private investigators have to obtai...

Valentine's Day Is the Time For Spying

Hallmark cards and candy hearts aren't the only products that see a bump in sales around Valentine's day. Spyware and tracking devices usually see a boost as spouses hope to catch their partners red-handed during the holiday, when private investigators say cheating partners are most likely to make contact with a secret lover. Although the holiday usually means a wave of new clients for private ...

New GPS Collar Lets You Track Your Lost or Stolen Pet

Strapping a GPS tracker to a dog is nothing new, but British start up company Retrieva is offering a smaller and much more feature-packed version that in better economic times might have become quite a hit. Unlike earlier models, which were so large they needed to strapped to a dog's back, the new GPS collar is worn, well... as a collar around the neck. The collar is waterproof, made of cut-resist...

Texas Students Who Skip School to Be Tracked by GPS?

According to KBTX-TV, a Texas judge wants to slap monitoring devices on the ankles of truant students, allowing the court and anyone else it allows to track the kids 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Brazos County Justice of the Peace Tommy Munoz requested an opinion on the plan from the Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott. Abbott has not yet responded to the request. The monitoring bracelets...