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Court OKs warrantless use of hidden surveillance cameras

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Declan McCullagh
CNet [1]
November 1, 2012

Police are allowed in some circumstances to install hidden surveillance cameras on private property without obtaining a search warrant, a federal judge said yesterday.

CNET has learned that U.S. District Judge William Griesbach [2]ruled that it was reasonable for Drug Enforcement Administration agents to enter rural property without permission — and without a warrant — to install multiple “covert digital surveillance cameras” in hopes of uncovering evidence that 30 to 40 marijuana plants were being grown.

This is the latest case to highlight how advances in technology are causing the legal system to rethink how Americans’ privacy rights are protected by law. In January, the Supreme Courtrejected [3] warrantless GPS tracking after previously rejecting [4] warrantless thermal imaging, but it has not yet ruled on warrantless cell phone tracking [5] or warrantless use of surveillance cameras placed on private property without permission.

Yesterday Griesbach adopted a recommendation by U.S. Magistrate Judge William Callahan dated October 9. That recommendation said that the DEA’s warrantless surveillance did not violate the Fourth Amendment [6], which prohibits unreasonable searches and requires that warrants describe the place that’s being searched.

Full article here [1]


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[1] CNet: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57542510-38/court-oks-warrantless-use-of-hidden-surveillance-cameras/

[2] William Griesbach: http://www.wied.uscourts.gov/index.php?option=com_contxtd&task=view&contact_id=6&Itemid=85

[3] rejected: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57364153-281/why-supreme-courts-gps-ruling-will-improve-your-privacy-rights/

[4] rejecting: http://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/99-8508

[5] warrantless cell phone tracking: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57524109-38/justice-dept-to-defend-warrantless-cell-phone-tracking/

[6] Fourth Amendment: http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/amendment04/

[7] Court documents reveal LA County prosecutor Kelly Sakir used infiltration agents, hidden cameras, extreme surveillance to target Rawesome Foods: http://www.prisonplanet.com/court-documents-reveal-la-county-prosecutor-kelly-sakir-used-infiltration-agents-hidden-cameras-extreme-surveillance-to-target-rawesome-foods.html

[8] Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-administration-asks-supreme-court-to-allow-warrantless-cellphone-searches.html

[9] Sen. Leahy Drops Controversial Warrantless E-mail Surveillance Bill: http://www.prisonplanet.com/sen-leahy-drops-controversial-warrantless-e-mail-surveillance-bill.html

[10] ACLU calls for ban on new Chicago surveillance cameras: http://www.prisonplanet.com/aclu-calls-for-ban-on-new-chicago-surveillance-cameras.html

[11] NSA Admits To Warrantless Wiretapping According To House Judiciary Committee Member: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nsa-admits-to-warrantless-wiretapping-according-to-house-judiciary-committee-member.html

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