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September 16, 2011 – Comments (3)

Anyone out there who is familiar with GPS tracking devices connected to your car, I am asking for your legal expertise.  My interest arose after reading this:

 GPS used to track fired state worker

So here's my question.  You aren't told a GPS tracking device in on your car, but say you discover it (or your mechanic discovers it).  Can you throw it out or destroy it?  These things aren't cheap, but if the FBI put it there with a warrant, what is the law to dispose of it?  If it's there because a drug gang is getting very technically advanced and want to see where their hidden cargo is located, can you dispose of it?

I'm fascinated and interested in anyone who has a legal understanding of this expensive method of surveillance.



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#1) On September 16, 2011 at 12:26 PM, skateduck (79.14) wrote:

Do yourself a favor and go to a spystore or other counter survelliance outfit... pick yourself up a bug/gps detector... there are several products out there that serve to pick up both...destroy the bug regardless... you can always claim ignorance/the device was not attached properly. Trying to successfully prosecute someone for tampering with surveliance bugs on them would only be successful against a low level drug dealer with a public defender and no knowledge of the law and societal bias weighed against them. If you do discover a bug... like i said destroy it/remove and wait and see what happens. If it is truly the FBI or any federal agency investigating... they will DEFINITELY not contact you regarding it because they will simply replace it with another one.. they have a big budget... if its the state police investigating you... they will most likely come looking for their expensive piece of equipment. 

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#2) On September 16, 2011 at 2:26 PM, Jbay76 (< 20) wrote:

Under normal circumstances, it is illegal to have any trackign unit put on a car without the owners approval or warrant.  But the article is a bit gray in it states:

" That he was punished for blowing the whistle on pressure placed on employees to attend a prayer breakfast sponsored by then-Gov. George Pataki.

Department of Labor officials claimed Cunningham had filed improper time sheets."

I know for divorces where one sppouse wants to knwo who the other is "with", they can give conset to put trackers on the other's car if they are owners or co-owner.  

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#3) On September 16, 2011 at 3:41 PM, EnigmaDude (58.64) wrote:

First of all, GPS devices are very inexpensive these days.  You can buy a decent one for a couple hundred bucks or less.  Second, if you found a bomb attached to your car and you removed it or destroyed it would that be illegal?  The answer seems pretty obvious to me.

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