Responding to the U.S. Supreme CourtвЂ™s unanimous holding that law enforcement entities using GPS trackers to monitor vehicle movements without a search warrant violates the Fourth Amendment, today Representatives Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), Peter Welch (VT-At Large), and Bob Goodlatte (VA-06), released the following statements:
вЂњI applaud todayвЂ™s Supreme Court ruling,вЂќ said Chaffetz.В вЂњThe idea that GPS technology can be used to track somebody without their knowledge, thus violating the personal liberties provided to American citizens under the Fourth Amendment, is flat out wrong.В While todayвЂ™s ruling is a positive step in the right direction, further action is needed in order to prevent the government from tracking people through other devices, like smartphones.В Today the Supreme Court laid down the broad principle that location tracking without a warrant violates the Fourth Amendment.В It is now up to Congress to enact a comprehensive statute to fill in the details.вЂќ
вЂњThis is a big win for defenders of privacy rights and civil liberties,вЂќ said Welch.В вЂњWith new devices making it easier to track individuals, there is a great need for clarity on how and when these technologies can be used.В TodayвЂ™s decision is a step in the right direction.В I will continue to ensure that the law is updated so that the rights of individuals are protected.вЂќ
вЂњI am encouraged by todayвЂ™s unanimous Supreme Court decision which upholds AmericansвЂ™ Fourth Amendment rights and confirms the fact that a warrant is necessary for tracking an individualвЂ™s movements with a GPS device,вЂќ said Goodlatte.В вЂњHowever, the Court stopped short of requiring a warrant for all geolocation information including that obtained from mobile telephones.В I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (GPS) Act, which protects individual liberty by providing clear guidelines for when and how geolocation information can be accessed and used.вЂќ
Representatives Chaffetz, Welch, and Goodlatte, are sponsors of H.R. 2168, the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (GPS) Act, bipartisan legislation which creates a legal framework designed to give government agencies, commercial entities, and private citizens clear guidelines for when and how geolocation information can be accessed and used.