To Track or Not to Track, That Is The Question…

To Peek or Not to Peek is the question...

Or least at it seems for Antoine Jones who appears to have been a ringleader of a cocaine trafficking operation in California.   As the police believed they had enough evidence to convince a jury he was guilty, yet they over looked one small problem,  as a key part of their  case came from a GPS tracking device which the police secretly installed in Jones’ car.  Because its here where as you guessed it Jones argues that the installation “and” use of the device seems to have violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

What’s more interesting is that on Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard Jones’s argument contesting this purported violation as this was the high court’s first opportunity to address the constitutionality of prolonged, warrantless GPS tracking.  As what they said was the “future has now arrived” in that tracking technology has advanced rapidly in the last three decades where devices can be as compact as a credit card, and be monitored from a great distance.

Then in response [to the defense] the governments (police) position  came off that the argument appeared to alarm several of the justices due to their response of “If you win this case then there is nothing to prevent the police or the government from monitoring 24 hours a day the public movement of every citizen of the United States,” Justice Breyer said.  This comment was furthered with “And no one, at least very rarely, sends human beings to follow people 24 hours a day. That occasionally happens. But with the machines, you can. So if you win, you suddenly produce what sounds like 1984.”

1984 you say there Justice Breyer, do you well the [argument] discussion went on to build upon the idea of what if they pieced together traffic light camera data as because this is a known and therefore expected it was acceptable.  Thus, from this position it seems anything which is known is acceptable even if it impinges upon our “perceived” being is a standard.  So once one gives an inch the mile is the next increment, as its becoming clear that the concept of privacy is really only a “perception” and not an actuality.

Additionally as waxed here before, the only keeper of “privacy” in the past has been “cost” and with that gone, the barriers to it are also.  As simply think of the information which is gathered about you daily including everything from Google searches, cell phone locations (yes your cell phone constantly reports your location even without GPS), the traffic light cameras, store security cameras, parking lot cameras and so on and on.  So justice Breyer, you say it sounds like 1984, well think again as the calendar has shown that it has come and gone and well Big Brother has come, just not gone and that is life…


About Joseph Campbell

As a strong believer in the fact that "people work for people", it has been a life driver to better to understand the complexities of the various aspects which drive efficiency within this axiom, especially the concepts of leadership. Supporting this, I have been fortunate enough to having experienced this as leader on a global basis over the last decade and half. During this time it has been clear there are three core drivers being Life, Leadership and Economics.
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