Sen. Franken Pushes to Ban 'Stalking' Apps

Created: 06/05/2014 6:57 PM
By: Meghan Reistad

(ABC 6 News) -- With the use of today’s technology, and certain apps, it is now possible to be tracked by GPS services without user permission.

Today, Senator Al Franken re-introduced legislation trying to prevent this problem.

“My bill would shut down these apps once and for all,” said Senator Al Franken.

His goal is to ban apps that allow for data location information to be tracked and given to others, without user permission. One of the main concerns is victims being stalked with the use of these apps.

“I know of victims and I know our advocates have worked with victims in the past, especially since this technology is growing so rapidly,” said Women’s Shelter Inc. Community Coordinator Jackie Benoit-Petrich.  “It can bring only added safety, we all have worries about how much people know and how much access they have to our personal information.”

With technology advances, this problem is showing alarming statistics.

“72 percent of victim service programs across the country have seen victims who were tracked through a stalking app,” said Franken.

Along with requiring permission to gain data locations, the bill would require companies to get permission before sharing data services with others.