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Is it illegal to use gps and spy equipment to track someone

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Is it illegal to use gps and spy equipment to track someone in the state of Wisconsin?
Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.

If I may ask, could you explain the situation a bit more? Is this an employment matter, a personal matter, a family matter? Who owns the vehicle and the GPS in this instance, the party who wishes to track, or the party who is going to be tracked?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

My girlfriend has been tracked with a gps unit put on by her husband (she is going through a divorce) on her car. He wants to know where she is and what she is doing.

Thank you for your follow-up.


If he physically owns the GPS unit and the vehicle is his, the spouse can track the vehicle--that would not violate state law. If the vehicle is under her name however, and not his, then that would be a violation because he has no legal basis to track a vehicle that does not belong to him. What would govern here is ownership as that would likewise control whether the behavior would be permitted or not. Since a person can place tracking devices on his property, he can do so to anything under his name, including the GPS and the vehicle.


Hope that clarifies.

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