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Virginia passes GPS tracking restrictions

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Legislation making it illegal to deceptively install an electronic tracking system on a person's vehicle has cleared the House of Delegates and is on its way to the Senate. The House voted 88-10 Monday to pass Del. Joe May's bill.

The Loudoun County Republican introduced the legislation at the behest of a constituent who was shocked to discover that a private investigator hired by his estranged wife had placed a GPS device on the undercarriage of his car, and it wasn't illegal.

The bill carves out exemptions for law enforcement officials who obtain a warrant, parents tracking their kids, any legally authorized representative of an incapacitated adult, owners of fleet vehicles and electronic communications providers like OnStar and cell phone companies.

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