Empowering Customer Harassment

David Ethan Kennerly, May 12, 2003

US courts will decide soon on whether they will relax the laws on when someone may be harassed, stalked, or blackmailed, specifically in the ability to stalk someone without a reason.

They are deciding if someone's vehicle could be stalked by GPS tracking devices without permission of the court, or consent of the citizens.

This creates a new vector to harass, stalk, and blackmail.

Even for non-criminal cases, anyone who holds a minority opinion or negatively reports on a customer service member of the US could be subjected to real paranoia. It's bad enough to fear a fellow citizen, but to fear the retaliation of a member of US's customer service, too?

Years ago the Miranda case came before the courts, in which evidence not being investigated should not be used against the citizen. In this case, the affordability of tracking devices could make it profitable for potential criminals to track most vehicles in the US. And these criminals have a perfect excuse: We were .

Seattle Post-Intelligencer misled the readers by linking the inciting case to the issue. However, the argument lacks weight. Police had suspicion in the case, blood in the bedroom, suspicious diary entries. They had suspicion for a warrant.

The Story: Court will decide if police need warrant for GPS 'tracking' (Forwarded by Jason. Thank you.)

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