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Q: Car title says my name and her name, no "and/or". Is it illegal for her to put a gps tracker in it without my consent?

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A: In Texas, the legality of placing a GPS tracker in a vehicle co-owned by both parties without consent can be complex and involves considerations of ownership, privacy, and consent. When a car title lists both names without "and/or," it typically signifies joint ownership, which might impact whether one party can unilaterally install a tracker. Privacy concerns are relevant as well, as tracking without consent could potentially infringe on an individual's right to privacy. Generally, obtaining the consent of all owners before installing a GPS tracker is advisable to avoid potential legal issues related to property rights and privacy.

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