It’s been almost a month since the United States Supreme Court offered a decision in the case of United States v. Antoine Jones that was hailed as a major victory for privacy advocates. But upon reflection, it seems like while the court opened the door to stronger privacy laws, it never stepped through and made them reality.

Let's review: in 2005, FBI prosecutors accused Antoine Jones, a former Washington D.C. nightclub owner, of running a major cocaine ring. Part of the FBI’s case hinged on tracking Jones’ movements for 28 days by attaching a GPS device to a car he regularly used. The FBI obtained a D.C. warrant for the search, but the GPS device was installed in Maryland — making the device technically illegal in D.C., where FBI conducted much of its investigation.

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