Sen. Al Franken is pushing the Justice Department to do more to protect smartphone users from "stalking apps" that surreptitiously track their targets. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, Franken noted the department's work on the issue - including the recent indictment of a man who operated one spyware app, StealthGenie - but said it needs to go further, including updating its statistics on victims of stalking apps, helping local and state law-enforcement agencies go after the app companies and stepping up its prosecution of apps like StealthGenie. Franken called the department's actions 'a very important and welcome development,' but he added that the StealthGenie case 'underscores the need for stronger tools to go after the makers and marketers of these applications," including the passage of his Location Privacy Act, which would ban stalking apps. OTA supports this effort. Share your views and interest in signing on in support of this effort.
Author: Craig Spiezle, October 15, 2014