Tuesday, October 12, 2010

If the cops put a GPS device on your car, do you have to give it back?

How did I miss this the other day? In California, a twenty-year old man found a GPS tracking device on his car. Apparently, it was placed there by the FBI.

Here's the part I like best: the man considered selling the device on Carigslist before two FBI Agents showed up and said, "We're here to recover the device you found on your vehicle. It's federal property. It's an expensive piece, and we need it right now."

Lots of questions. I am not sure how this plays out under California law. Is the device considered abandoned? Wouldn't the FBI asking for it back give up that there is a an investigation going on – as opposed to just a stalker ex-boyfirend/girlfriend? If you found a device like this on your car what would you do (perhaps after calling the bomb squad)?

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