Updates the issue of tracking an individual's location--a topic not addressed by legislation since pagers were hi-tech. If passed, the bill would require probable cause and an accompanying warrant before government agencies could obtain private geolocational information on an individual, either through a mobile device or by the placement of a tracking bug.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
House Committee on the JudiciaryCrime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and InvestigationsHouse Permanent Select Committee on IntelligenceIntroducedMarch 21st, 2013
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What is it?
-Co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of legislators, the bill creates a legal framework designed to give government agencies, commercial entities, and private citizens clear guidelines for when and how geolocation information can be accessed and used.
-The bill has set forth certain exceptions under which the acquisition of private tracking data by private or public entities would not be unlawful:
As a response to theft, and for the purpose of tracking stolen merchandise;
As a personal safety net for children, as set forth by a parent or legal guardian;
In the case of emergency, where the individual has either personally requested assistance or is in known peril;
When the tracking information in question has been publicly broadcast.