Franken Cracks Down on 'Stalking Apps'

Updated: 03/27/2014 9:23 AM
Created: 03/27/2014 9:07 AM
By: Jennie Olson

Do you ever get the feeling that the more you interact with technology the more you’re being watched?

U.S. Sen. Al Franken is trying to make "stalking apps" illegal. He believes a loophole exists in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act where companies that have GPS access to your devices are free to give or sell it to almost anyone.

Many of us use apps like Google Maps that know where we are, but they ask to have our permission first. It’s the apps and software that collect information without asking permission that Franken is trying to crack down on.

“My bill basically says that people have a right to privacy, and that includes their location information,” he said. “This is very private information that includes where you live, where you work, where you take your kids to school, if you go to the doctor, how often you go to the doctor and where you go to the doctor.”

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