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Whether New York City can constitutionally use GPS devices to monitor cab drivers’ movements and fares landed before a federal appeals court Thursday.
The appeal spotlights the growing reach of tracking technology, which has been used to monitor everybody from public school students to garbage collectors, truckers, and now cab drivers.
Nobody doubts that some cabbies overcharge tourists and those unfamiliar with New York’s terrain. But what is being questioned is whether the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission can fine or fire drivers with data obtained from GPS devices that were installed without court warrants.
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