Virginia Delegate Looks To Bring Up GPS Tracking Bill Again | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Virginia Delegate Looks To Bring Up GPS Tracking Bill Again

Play associated audio

Concerns over privacy rights are driving one lawmaker in Virginia. After two unsuccessful efforts in the past, Del. Joe May ® is trying once again to place limitations on who legally can use electronic devices to track someone else. 

May's bill was sent back to committee after it sparked debate this legislative session. It restricted tracking a person without a warrant, and this year, would have granted law enforcement agencies exception. But private investigators protested and said it limited their ability to do their job. 

So May and the Joint Commission on Technology and Science are now revising it, although he says not much will change. 

We have a reduced to a page or a page and a half," he said. "Some of the other states that have tried it have ended up with pages and pages and pages of exceptions and exclusions and carve-outs 'til they're virtually impossible to interpret. Ours is very clean." 

May says technology is evolving so quickly that it's hard to draft legislation that addresses every exception. May sponsored the bill after a constituent complained that his ex-wife had paid a private investigator to track his whereabouts after the two had divorced. 

NPR

Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.
NPR

Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.
NPR

What Romney's Retreat Means For GOP Hopefuls

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about the narrowing Republican presidential field for 2016 and what we've seen so far in the first month of the new Congress.
NPR

Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users

As people disappear from the audiences of conventional news organizations, 11 media outlets have partnered with Snapchat in the U.S. to offer its younger users easily digested fare within the app.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.