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.
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.