18 Oct: Buono To Introduce Legislation To Prevent Privacy Abuse Of Cell Phone Tracking Capabilities

TRENTON – Today, Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) will introduce legislation to require cell phone companies to disable a cell phone’s global positioning system (GPS) function at the customer’s request – a concern highlighted by a recent Wall Street Journal article reporting on instances of misusing cell phone tracking technology.

Global positioning systems used by cell phone companies have made it significantly easier for stalkers to track their victims. According to a U.S. Justice Department report last year, more than 25,000 adults in the U.S. are victims of GPS stalking annually. The proliferation of tracking technology in everyday life has led many victims of stalking and domestic violence to feel the unwelcome intrusion of electronic monitoring.