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Electronically tracking someone without their consent illegal under bill headed to governor

Lauren Chapman

People who track others electronically without their consent will be committing a crime in Indiana under legislation headed to the governor’s desk.

Lawmakers gave final approval to a bill Monday that developed out of a near-fatal tragedy.

An Indiana woman named Millie Park was nearly stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend after he tracked her down via a GPS device he had put on her car without her knowing.

Sen. Mike Crider (R-Greenfield) saw Park’s story and wrote SB 161 to criminalize electronic tracking, with some exceptions.

Crider said her story is not an isolated one.

“I got a call from a lobbyist that was at an auto dealership over the weekend," Crider said. "A technician came in and said, ‘Whose red car is this out there?’ A gentleman raised his hand and said, ‘Well, it’s my daughter’s car.’ And he said, ‘Do you know there’s a tracker on her car?’”

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Family members are still allowed to electronically track each other under the bill, unless there’s a restraining order in place.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.