Mar 28, 2014 at 10:02 am
WASHINGTON (KNSI) Minnesota U.S.Senator Al Franken has reintroduced a bill in Congress that would outlaw the development, operation and sale of stalking apps on smartphones.
The legisation would also require companies to get consumers' permission before collecting location data off their smartphones, tablets, or in-car navigation devices.
Franken says, "tens of millions of Americans have smartphones now. And the companies that make the software on your phone can track your location at any time. I believe that Americans have the right to control who can collect their location, and whether or not it can be given to third parties."
A Department of Justice report, based on 2006 data, estimates that more than 25,000 American adults are the victims of GPS stalking annually. Franken's bill would require that the federal government gather new statistics and information on GPS stalking.
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