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Virginia Assembly Vets GPS Tracking Bill

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A piece of legislation cracking down on GPS tracking makes its way through a Virginia House of Delegates committee, and it has received initial endorsement.

Del. Joe May (R introduced the bill, which makes it illegal for anyone to use GPS technology to track a person's location without his or her consent. The Loudoun County legislator introduced the bill after hearing from a constituent whose estranged wife placed a GPS device underneath his car in an effort to keep tabs on him.

The bill doesn't crack down on entities that do the bulk of GPS tracking, however, especially of electronic devices. It exempts law enforcement officials who obtain a warrant, as well as parents tracking their kids and any legal guardian of an incapacitated adult. Owners of fleet vehicles and electronic communications providers such as OnStar and cell phone companies would also be exempt.


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