Could electronically tracking someone become illegal?


It is not currently against the law in Florida to electronically track someone, but one state lawmakers said it should be.

The legislation, if approved, would take effect in October.

James Bond was famous for his big, bulky tracking devices. But fast forward 50 years and they are available to anyone and everyone.

One legal disclaimer requires users to divulge their existence, but then in a sales pitch said, "Once it's installed on the device, the user won't know it's there because it's running in the background, and you can choose to track and monitor what you will."

Sen. Dorothy Hukill said such tracking is becoming more and more prevalent and needs to stop.

"Just think of how someone would fell who previously had an order for protection against an ex and now the ex buys an very inexpensive tracking device, puts it on the car, tracks them," Hukill said.

Popular for tacking kids, divorced parents must both agree under the bill. And if one spouse has previously given consent, a filing of a divorce petition automatically revokes that consent.

Domestic violence experts said there is no end to which determined stalkers will go to track someone.

"You have to really struggle to keep on top of what all those applications are, all the different ways in which a stalker or a batterer may be intimidating or finding a victim," said Meg Baldwin, a domestic violence counselor.

The Legislation carries misdemeanor penalties of a $500 fine, or six months being monitored by the local sheriff in the local jail.