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Va. House Passes Bill To Make GPS Tracking Illegal

The Virginia House (which has really been on a legislative tear lately, but that's for another post) just passed a bill that would make it illegal to GPS track a vehicle, reports WAMU. That is, unless you're a cop with a warrant, a parent tracking your teenager, the legal guardian of an adult, the owner of a vehicle fleet, a GPS service company like OnStar or a cell phone service provider.

If passed, under the new law there would very few instances in which tracking someone would be illegal, thanks to an angry citizen "who was shocked to discover that a private investigator hired by his estranged wife had legally installed a GPS device on the undercarriage of his car." The bill still needs to pass the Virginia Senate to become law.

The bill seems to be in line with the recent Supreme Court decision that GPS tracking by warrantless cops violates expectations of privacy.

Photo by StephenMahoney via Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0 License

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