API Warns Against GPS Tracking

Sep 7, 2011

What is the controversy over GPS tracking devices all about? GPS tracking and its use by Colorado private investigators has been making headlines again.  Is it legal or isn’t it? Advanced Private Investigations avoids legal pitfalls and possible compromise of your case by electing not to use GPS trackers. Though the GPS tracking technology is not illegal in Colorado, what many users of the technology ignore is that the placement of the device on the vehicle could involve trespassing on private property or tampering with personal property. The technology is also not a replacement for physical surveillance as GPS tracking units attached to a vehicle show where a vehicle goes, but they do not reveal who is in the vehicle, or what the activity is when the vehicle makes certain stops.  

Statutes vary from state to state.  Colorado has not declared GPS tracking illegal to use, but maybe Colorado should enact a tracking device law similar to the one currently in place in California. It is listed below.

California Tracking Device Law: California Penal Code section 637.7 states: (a) No person or entity in this state shall use an electronic tracking device to determine the location or movement of a person. (b) This section shall not apply when the registered owner, lesser, or lessee of a vehicle has consented to the use of the electronic tracking device with respect to that vehicle. (c) This section shall not apply to the lawful use of an electronic tracking device by a law enforcement agency. (d) As used in this section, “electronic tracking device” means any device attached to a vehicle or other movable thing that reveals its location or movement by transmission of electronic signals. (e) A violation of this section is a misdemeanor.

Rather than provide subjective data or suppositions, our surveillance investigators offer straightforward and legal physical surveillance that will hold up under scrutiny by opposing council.