February 20, 2014 | CUNY School of Law
Ars Technica reports on TraqCloud, a new electronic product that combines a GPS tracker with a GSM-based radio for real-time location reporting. Using this type of tracker against a romantic or business partner has now become more feasible, due to lowered cost.
Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson was consulted about the legality of this product. She told Ars Technica that users of this product may find civil lawsuits knocking at their door.
“While criminal contexts may first come to mind, there are personal injury cases, workers’ compensation, employment, and many family law cases, including divorce, custody, and abuse and neglect,” she said. “The video jokingly refers to tracking one’s ‘significant other,’ but perhaps that’s not a joke, especially when it comes to intimate partner violence. We’ve been worried about government surveillance, but in a surveilled society, we might be able to do the government’s work by watching each other.”