Monday, September 14, 2015
October 1st 2015 Florida Private Investigators Will Be Prohibited From the Installation of GPS Tracking Devices as Per F.S. Sec. 934.425
A GPS tracking unit is a device, normally carried by a moving vehicle or person, that uses the Global Positioning System to determine and track its precise location, and that of its carrier. The recorded location data can be stored within the tracking unit, or it may be transmitted to a central location data base, or Internet-connected computer, using a cellular, radio, or satellite modem embedded in the unit. This allows the carrier’s location to be displayed against a map backdrop either in real time or when analyzing the track later, using GPS tracking software. Data tracking software is available for smartphones with GPS capability.
F.S. Sec. 934.425 regulates the use of intrusive GPS devices and particularly makes it a crime to track someone’s location without their knowledge or permission. Specifically, the statute provides that “a person may not knowingly install a tracking device or tracking application on another person’s property without the other person’s consent. A violation of this statutory prohibition is a second-degree misdemeanor.
New law going into effect the first of October 2015 is Florida Statute 934.425. The statute, with some exemptions, prohibits the installation of GPS tracking devices and applications on private property without consent of the owner. The bill was sponsored in the House by State Rep. Larry Metz (R-Yalaha). While there is an exemption in the statute for persons "acting in good faith on behalf of a business entity for a legitimate business purpose," that exemption specifically does not apply to private investigators.
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