Google Takes A Stance Against Stalkerware

Google Takes A Stance Against Stalkerware

Stalkerware is the name given to apps designed to user’s movements, locations, or grant access to data stored on the device (e.g. call logs). Stalkerware has been used to catch cheating partners, track children when they’re not at home, ensure employees are at work, and other similar scenarios. It can be installed on phones, laptops, tablets and typically doesn’t ask the user for consent to track them. Over the past decade or so, hundreds of software programs have fallen into this category. Google has stepped up and taken a stand against stalkerware with a new policy that bans these types of apps as of October 1st, 2020. It will be interesting to see how this affects the firms producing this software and if the technology industry follows suit.

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