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North Carolina Criminalizes Nonconsensual Geotracking

The North Carolina General Assembly recently amended NC’s cyberstalking law to prohibit nonconsensual geotracking. The Governor hasn’t signed it yet, but he almost certainly will.

Sponsored by Senators Fletcher Hartsell and Josh Stein, the amendment makes it a misdemeanor to knowingly geotrack another or cause her to be geotracked, absent her consent.

There are 11 distinct and sometimes convoluted exceptions that allow, among other things, nonconsensual geotracking by law enforcement, vehicle owners, parents and legal guardians, vehicle lessors and security holders, owners of fleet vehicles, and private detectives.

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