As the Supreme Court gets ready to hear oral arguments in a case Tuesday that could determine if authorities can track U.S. citizens with GPS vehicle trackers without a warrant, a young man in California has come forward to Wired to reveal that he found not one but two different devices on his vehicle recently.
The 25-year-old resident of San Jose, California, says he found the first one
about three weeks ago on his Volvo SUV while visiting his mother in Modesto,
about 80 miles northeast of San Jose. After contacting Wired and allowing a
photographer to snap pictures of the device, it was swapped out and replaced
with a second tracking device. A witness also reported seeing a strange man
looking beneath the vehicle of the young man’s girlfriend while her car was
parked at work, suggesting that a device may have been retrieved from her
Then things got really weird when police showed up during a Wired interview
with the man.
The young man, who asked to be identified only as Greg, is one among an
increasing number of U.S. citizens who are finding themselves tracked with the
The Justice Department has said that law enforcement agents employ GPS as a
crime-fighting tool with “great
frequency,” and GPS retailers have told Wired that they’ve sold thousands of the
devices to the feds.