A California appeals court has ruled police can track suspects’ whereabouts by using a GPS device.
The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that police can get a court order to install a GPS tracker on the person of a suspect, but the order must be based on probable cause.
The order allows police to conduct a traffic stop, but not a search or seize anything.
A traffic stop can be based only on reasonable suspicion that the suspect has committed a crime.
The court ruled that it does not matter whether the suspect is the owner or driver of the vehicle being stopped, as long as the vehicle has a GPS tracking device.
Police have been using a variety of devices to track and monitor drivers, pedestrians and other traffic.
They have also been tracking people’s movements using facial recognition software.
But the court said that the technology used by police “is no less intrusive” than other types of facial recognition technology.
“It is, however, subject to greater privacy protections than other kinds of facial identification technology, which cannot be used to obtain personal information that could identify individuals based on a person’s race, religion, national origin, sex, age, or sexual orientation,” the appeals court wrote.
The ruling is likely to be appealed.