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description Journal article public Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology

Legal and Ethical Implications of GPS Vulnerabilities

Muhammad Usman Iqbal, Samsung Lim
Published 2008

Abstract

The Global Positioning System (GPS) has slowly permeated into the civiliancommunity and has become an essential accessory for the modern individual. Various commercialapplications heavily rely on GPS technology. GPS has also started receiving attention in courtcases, where it has been admissible as evidence leading to convictions or proving innocence.However, GPS is a radio-navigation system and is prone to vulnerabilities that may be introducedintentionally or unintentionally. The legal literature has not debated the possibility of humanalteration of GPS data in judicial reasoning which raises the prospect of forged GPS data beingpresented to courts by individuals who have the motive and the technical knowledge to do so. Byexposing the weaknesses present, this paper aims to draw the attention of the legal fraternity tothese issues which may put the legal system in a dilemma as over-reliance on GPS technology mayproduce disastrous results, especially when innocence or guilt largely depends on GPS evidence.

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