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Minnesota Public Radio - Franken Pushes Bill Aimed at "Stalking' Apps

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Sen. Franken spoke to MPR's Cathy Wurzer about his efforts to pass legislation to stop technology that tracks your location through your smartphone without your knowledge. MPR reported:

Franken said the data created by users can be misused. He cited an example of a woman in northern Minnesota who sought help from a domestic violence program.

"When she was there, on her smartphone came a text message from her abuser, asking her why she was in a county building. She was scared, so they took her to a local courthouse to get a restraining order. And while she was there, she got a text message asking, 'Why are you in the court house. Are you getting a restraining order against me?' Now, these are called stalking apps, and they advertise themselves as such."

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