Guardia Civil arrests Seville businessman for illegally tracking an employee with GPS

by Lorraine Williamson

SEVILLE – The Guardia Civil has apprehended a businessman on charges of violating an individual’s privacy. He was allegedly secretly tracking an employee who was on medical leave by using a GPS device.

The investigation commenced in Mairena del Aljarafe, Seville, following a complaint filed by a concerned citizen. The man discovered a GPS tracker hidden beneath his personal vehicle. The individual stumbled upon this illicit surveillance device while washing his vehicle. When he noticed the unusual device, he promptly alerted the investigating authorities.

Subsequently, law enforcement officials established a connection between the incident and the alleged perpetrator. He turned out to be the complainant’s employer, with whom he had an ongoing employment dispute.


The businessman has been taken into custody on suspicion of violating privacy laws, in addition to charges of document forgery, property damage, and fraud.

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The charges of document forgery stem from the fraudulent acquisition and use of a SIM card registered under the name of a company located in the province of Zaragoza. This company had no connection to the individuals involved and incurred unauthorized financial transactions resulting from the mobile line’s usage.

All relevant legal proceedings and the detained suspect have been handed over to the Court of Instruction No. 8 in Seville.

Citizen rights

This incident highlights the significance of protecting individual privacy rights in the workplace, and serves as a reminder of the legal consequences that can befall those who breach these rights. The Guardia Civil remains committed to upholding the law and safeguarding the rights of all citizens in Spain.

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