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Using a tracking device without someone's consent could soon be illegal in Ohio

a hand holds a small silver device with a white edge that's about the size of a quarter between its thumb and forefinger
Mark Chan

While stalking and menacing is illegal, installing a tracking app on a phone or device on personal property without the owner's consent is not illegal in most states, including Ohio. But that soon may change.

A new bipartisan bill, Senate Bill 100, would criminalize knowingly using a device or app without the person's consent as a first degree misdemeanor.

On Cincinnati Edition, we discuss the new bill with one of the sponsors and how you can protect yourself if you suspect you're being tracked.


  • Nickie Antonio, Ohio State Senator, Lakewood Democrat
  • Callie Welch, VP of intervention services, Women Helping Women

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