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Proposed bill could prevent GPS tracking without consent

It is not illegal in New Jersey for someone, like an ex-husband or ex-wife to attach a GPS monitor to your car without your knowledge or consent. If you think that’s wrong you are not alone.

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In an exclusive interview with Townsquare Media, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) said he is in the process of drafting a bill to make the practice a crime.

“I received a call from a person whose ex-wife attached a GPS device to his car and when he contacted the prosecutor’s office and the police they said there is no criminal law that indicates that’s a violation,” Bramnick said. “To me that’s an invasion of privacy.”

The proposed legislation would make it a fourth degree crime to use a GPS device to track someone’s movements without their knowledge or consent. Anyone found guilty of the crime could face up 18 months in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. It is not likely that someone would go to jail, but it is possible Bramnick said.

“There are going to be some exceptions. For example, I think you should be able to monitor your own children. If there’s no family relationship whatsoever, that clearly should be a violation of the criminal law and there should be criminal penalties,” Bramnick said.

The bill will be officially introduced next month when the full legislature returns to Trenton, Bramnick said.

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