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MA: Mandatory GPS monitoring of some sex offenders violates privacy rights

Convicted sex offenders retain a constitutional right to privacy, and those rights are being violated by a state law mandating that everyone convicted of some sex crimes wear a GPS monitoring bracelet as part of their sentence, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday. Full Article

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“The reproduction and dissemination of child pornography itself harms the children who are depicted and revictimized with each viewing,’’ Gaziano wrote. That would be the judge. Also, how does the victim know every time a person views it? I could see once someone is caught and paraded publicly and the government informs them that the images were found…

I recall a story during my time in counseling of one victim who was for years basically harassed and traumatized by the government. The woman was one of the well known victims (lots of videos and images of her). She became one of those victims that has a special status with other such victims that carries extra penalties if you’re caught with their material (I think it’s a federal thing). For a good long time, every time the government caught someone with her images, they’d sent her a notice. She loathed opening the mail box as she had to relive… Read more »


I appreciate the comment you just posted as it explains exactly what I was just writing: it is the notifications that re-victimize people. Thank you! Now if we can only instill this logical thinking into the brains of those that are in control.

Ah. Nice piece, AO. So, in other words, if my interpretation is correction: the government’s continuous tattling to her each time the video resurfaced was actually the main culprit contributing to anxious feelings of victimhood after every single mention. Looks like the petty behaviour of our system exacerbated the very problem that the system seated itself to be the master at abating. Hey, let the government do as it does. What’s funny is that prejudiced brats don’t seem to know/care that they’re behaviour will one day turn up in the pages of future history textbooks; you know, the way we… Read more »

This is cool and all, but how’s this right to privacy any different than our right to privacy of not having our PAST follow us around every corner of the internet directly because of Government’s decision to post said info explicitly to remove our privacy?

It’s different because in our instance, it’s deemed to be republication of (mostly*) already public data and info. In the GPS case, it’s considered an unreasonable 4th Amdt. search of one’s “person[], house[], papers, and effects,.”

*I still bristle that SCOTUS tossed in the catch-all allowing non-public information also to be collected and disseminated via registration. Where does that end, SCOTUS? So far, it seems nowhere.

I suppose. But in practice, I think I might prefer to wear GPS that only cops technically have access to, than being worried that some psycho is going to murder me and my family in our sleep because my address is in full view with my criminal codes that paint a way different picture than reality.

“I think I might prefer to wear GPS that only cops technically have access to”
Therein lies the problem: technically. It starts with LEO-only, then someone decides it would be good for DCFS to have the info to ensure non-custodial parents aren’t where they “shouldn’t” be, or LE decides it would be a great way to ticket you for speeding, or then someone decides rehab facilities that receive public funds should have access to ensure you’re not at a bar, or whatever. Government has a horrible history of mission creep and the complementary rights infringement.

AJ (March 28, 2019):

Absolutely. Government only grows. Does it ever shrink? How? Where? I think only in areas that were going broke and they had no choice. Money is like oxygen to them, it has to be kept away from them.

I find it alarming that people seem to just have accepted how large and out-of-control government is. People seem to have to have little problem with how many laws we have. It’s outrageous and ensures we can’t be a free country. It’s disgusting.

“In a 7-0 ruling, the Supreme Judicial Court decided that privacy protections found in both the state and federal constitutions apply to sex offenders, who are entitled to a case-by-case review of whether GPS monitoring is needed to protect society.” —– Two items in this paragraph warm my cockles (couldn’t resist the seafood reference, given it’s MA). First, it was a 7-0 decision. This wasn’t too surprising given SCOTUS’ Jones ruling and maybe one or two subsequent ones that slip my mind. But one chucklehead could’ve still dissented just to make a statement about the dangers of the scourge…yet none… Read more »

Totally agree and I love your sarcasm! It’s so appropriate. I’m just waiting to cringe when some dork thinks you’re being serious and “calls you out.”

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