Hidden Employees GPS Tracking Is Now Legal: WTF?!
If you are an employee of some company, your boss can now absolutely legally place GPS tracker on your car and track your location during the working time. Want to say something about the violation of your privacy rights and the 4th Amendment? Forget it!
Two courts, New York Appeals Court and Missouri Court, solved two different cases, both in favor of the employers. They have decided that there was no privacy breach and the placement of those GPS trackers to the vehicles of those employees (who were both fired from their jobs after the courts) was absolutely legal.
They explained that their conclusions are based on the facts that it was non-invasive installation of the tracking devices. As long as GPS trackers were attached to the defendants’ cars using magnetic fixation on the external side of the vehicles, there were no search or intrusion into their cars. Despite the fact that vehicles which were tracked are not the working ones but the personal cars of those ex-employees, the courts ruled that it was legal to track them because it was done during their working hours.
As long as installing of the GPS tracking devices and using information provided by them revealed only the public locations of those vehicles, and because there were no violations of the 4th Amendment, the courts have considered those tracking cases absolutely legal. In addition because of the fact that GPS tracking was implemented during the working hours of those two people, it was totally constitutional to track their locations.
Still there is one question left: do you really want to make up your mind with this outrage that is fitted to look-like-legal? If they have the right to track you then you have the right to block their GPS trackers on your car thus not letting them know where you are.