On July 1st, 2015 Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the GPS Privacy Act into law. This new state law criminalizes the use of GPS devices to track a person’s location without their consent.
This new privacy bill is intended to protect people from stalkers and harrassment.
Under the new law, anyone who places a GPS enabled device on another person’s vehicle without that person’s consent could face criminal charges.
The law makes the placing of a GPS tracking device on someone else’s vehicle without their consent a criminal misdemeanor.
Anyone who is caught violating the law can be punished with up to a nine month prison sentence along with a $10,000 fine.
Wisconsin State Senator Jerry Petrowski said that the new law was needed due to the widespread availability of GPS technology that can be used to monitor the movement of people.
Petrowski noted that Wisconsin state laws had to catch up to the advance in technology in order to protect the privacy of the state’s citizens.
The new anti-GPS tracking law includes exceptions for police as well as parents and guardians who want to track children under the age of 18.
The law also exempts businesses that use the technology to track employees who drive company-owned vehicles.
Police still must obtain a warrant to use GPS devices to track people and businesses are allowed to track their fleets of company vehicles.
In addition, the law exempts lienholders of vehicles who want to use GPS tracking technology to monitor any vehicles that they own.
Wisconsin’s new GPS law covers any device that could be used to track a person without their consent, including smart phones and mobile devices.