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WDIO: Franken Explains Bill to Curb Smartphone App ‘Stalking’

A Federal Trade Commission report reveals that some of the most popular children’s applications on smart phones are taking the users location information and sharing it with third parties without parents’ knowledge or consent.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, tells Eyewitness News he aims to criminalize that behavior with what has been dubbed the “Stalking Apps Bill.”

The bill, according to Franken’s staff, would also close a loophole that allows stalking apps to run in secret on women’s and girl’s smartphones, before sending location information to a third party.

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