Thursday, September 6, 2012

Are cell phone jammers and GPS jammers illegal?


Although cell phone jammers are sold all over the Internet, these jammers are illegal in most countries. When it comes to using a GPS jammer, or blocker,  in your own vehicle, to hide your location from anyone who tries to track you, that's more of a gray area.  True, there was a famous court case this year that said police needed a warrant to track your car, but that law had holes in it big enough to drive a truck through.  According to a police blog:

"If law enforcement officials can articulate a serious threat ... to the general public, and that the tracking of a vehicle is essential to guard against that threat, then it is not necessary to have a search warrant for the installation of a tracking device. Only reasonable suspicion, and not probable cause, is required under this exception."

Do my wife and I carry GPS jammers in our various vehicles? Should you and your mate carry jammers in your vehicles? (These are rhetorical questions.)

8 comments:

  1. Unfortunately, GPS jammers don't seem to be legal in the United States: http://www.gps.gov/spectrum/jamming/

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  2. Reasonable suspicion is a very loose term and I shudder to think of how such slippery words can lead to overstepping of law enforcement.

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  3. Reasonable suspicion is a very loose term, and I'm no lawyer but I can envision those words being misused a lot by law enforcement.

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  4. If officials can identify these jammers as serious threats then they can be potentailly dangerous. Not to mention, a severe invasion of privacy as well.

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  5. Well it's just fair enough to have this illegal. These stuffs can ruin our privacy too. Especially if you're not that careful. This should be banned though.

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  6. Since it's a rhetorical question whether you have a GPS jammer, another rhetorical querstion is where one would buy one.

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  7. It depends on the type of cell phone or GPS system you use. For instance, Google's not only monitors but tracks your location so why not.

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  8. As someone else pointed out, active jamming of any part of the radio spectrum interferes w/ the govt's. monopoly [ie, FCC sale & control of the radio spectrum] & is heavily discouraged. OTOH, if someone put a GPS tracker on your vehicle, you should be able to use a bug detector to sweep it, find it, & then it's yours! "Some anonymous person just gave me a cool little gadget!" Cell phone jammers are similarly illegal, but due to the frequency of dropped calls and the danger of cell-using drivers, all motorcyclists should secret a jammer on their bike so that it is only on when the motor is running and can be switched on/off for brief periods when in heavy traffic. Very hard for The Man to catch you when you're only killing the calls in a 20 ft. radius at random locations & times when the "victim" isn't likely to complain because they realize they shouldn't be yapping anyway...

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