ALBANY – The state Inspector General’s placement of a GPS tracking device on the private vehicle of a government employee suspected of falsifying attendance records did not violate the employee’s rights, a deeply divided appeals panel held Wednesday.

The Appellate Division, Third Department, which was previously reversed when it upheld the warrantless use of a GPS device to track a criminal suspect, said the electronic surveillance was justified and reasonable in this civil matter because traditional methods, such as following the employee, had been thwarted.

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