Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat told the story (U-B June 17) of locating a stolen iPad by the GPS location sent to a phone. The police insisted they could not get a search warrant to recover the stolen iPad, reasoning that GPS is not accurate enough to convince a judge of probable cause.
This is a misperception by the legal profession that needs correcting. Pilots, farmers and geocachers have known for decades that GPS is accurate enough to pinpoint an object’s location to a particular corner of a particular room of a particular house, let alone to the house itself.
Judges have guidelines for acceptable evidence concerning fingerprints and DNA. Now is high time to catch up to the rest of the world concerning GPS.