The state senate of Nevada has recently approved a cellphone tracking bill that is intended to provide quicker access to the phone’s location in the event of an emergency.
The bill, SB268, is designed to give certain protections to cell carriers who provide the location information to authorities during specific circumstances. The bill is now on its way to the Assembly.
At a committee hearing, Massey Smith, a mother from Kansas, described the frustration she experienced with a wireless company back in 2007 when her 18 year old daughter went missing.
Just four days later, the teenager’s body was found. Her family believes their daughter may have been located sooner- maybe even alive- if the location of her cellphone had been tracked earlier and provided to police.
There are currently nine states that have put similar laws into place.
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