User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


61° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Business

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

New Bill Aims To Stop Stalker Apps

June 9, 2014, 10:09 PM by Sammi Bjelland

New Bill Aims To Stop Stalker Apps
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

They're being called "stalker apps"-- new smartphone applications that allow you to locate people through their phone without them knowing it.

While some of these locator apps are being used by parents for their children, they can also be used by people who are looking to hurt you.

Lawmakers are now looking at ways to stop this potentially-dangerous technology.

So-called "stalker apps" are usually marketed as a way to connect with family and friends. But they can also be geared towards people with a more sinister purpose.

There have already been national stories about stalkers finding and assaulting victims using these apps.

"In most of these cases, the perpetrator was arrested because it's illegal to stalk someone. It's not clearly illegal to make and market and to sell a stalking app. So nothing happened to the companies making money off of the stalking," Senator Al Franken said. 

Franken is proposing a bill that would make it illegal for companies to gather and share someone's location without their consent.

Right now, apps like "Connect" or "Girls Around Me" collect data from sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find where you are and share it with people on the app without you knowing.

"It's just scary and they can seek them out in ways that they weren't able to before. And so it really takes away that sense of safety that those victims may have ever felt," Amy Carter, Operations Director at the Children's Inn, said.  

Carter with the Children's Inn of Sioux Falls says this kind of privacy violation can endanger victims of abuse.

"The abuser can find someone who is trying to hide from them and stay safe away from them. Often times the victim doesn't even know that that person is able to find them, or is even stalking them in that way," Carter said. 

Carter says if you think you're being stalked, you should tell family, co-workers and close friends so everyone is on the look-out for any suspicious signs.

"In the form of a text. In the form of an email. Showing up where you always are when that person has no need to be there. You know, anything like that can be considered stalking. Harassing phone calls. All of that. There's many ways that it can look," Carter said.

Carter says if you do feel like you're being stalked, write down every incident with the potential stalker and contact police if you feel at all in danger.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View business

You may also like

Sioux Falls No Longer Best Small City

7/25/2014 11:12 AM

Sioux Falls is no longer the nation's best small city for business and careers.

Full Story
Iowa Town Bracing For Closure Of Tyson Foods Plant

7/27/2014 3:31 PM

One small northwest Iowa town is preparing to deal with the loss of 450 jobs this fall when the Tyson Foods plant in Cherokee closes, and business own...

Full Story
Simply Mac Coming To Sioux Falls

7/28/2014 1:12 PM

Apple users will soon have another option for sales and service support.

Full Story
Dawley Farm Village Expands

7/25/2014 10:10 PM

If you don't live on the Sioux Falls east side, or haven't taken a drive over there lately, you may not have noticed all the new businesses.

Full Story | Watch
Sioux City Riverboat Casino Prepares For Last Day

7/30/2014 7:57 AM

The Argosy riverboat casino is preparing to take its last bets Wednesday, having told the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission that it will close by 5 p....

Full Story


Events