Definition Edit

A tracking app is

a computer program and location-based service that consists of two parts. One part is installed on the smartphone of the person being tracked; that part accesses and tracks the device's location and transmits that information. The second part is installed on a computer or another smartphone and is used by the person doing the tracking to receive the transmitted location data and see where the tracked person is or has been over a period of time. The installation of a tracking app on a smartphone can require physical access to the smartphone being tracked.[1]

GPS data

Applicable laws Edit

Several federal laws may be relevant to the issue of tracking apps. These laws include:

  • The federal stalking statute: This is a criminal statute, enforced by DOJ, that prohibits individuals from using electronic communications systems or services for stalking purposes, among other things. The statute was most recently amended by the Violence against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). VAWA includes provisions pertaining to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

References Edit

  1. Smartphone Data: Information and Issues Regarding Surreptitious Tracking Apps That Can Facilitate Stalking, at 4.

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