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Senators Question Legality of Mobile Phone Apps

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October 26, 2011

The Alexandria Echo Press reports on a bipartisan call led by Sens. Al Franken (D-MN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for an investigation into mobile phone apps that "allow domestic abusers and stalkers to secretly track a victim's movement and location, read a victim's e-mail and text messages or listen to a victim's phone calls--all without the victim's knowledge or consent." The senators have written to the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice to determine the legality of so-called "stalking apps," adding that if they are found to be illegal, the federal agencies should "use their full force to investigate and prosecute" their developers and marketers. 
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