Google to prohibit stalkerware used to spy on intimate partners without their permission
New Delhi | Jagran Technology Desk: In its bid to control the stalker apps from reading someone’s data with his or her permission, technology giant Google will now go after stalkerware which remotely spy on your wife and girlfriend by tracking their location and reading messages that they send and receive on their smartphones, without their knowledge and permission.
Google, under its new ad policy, will prohibit the Spywares and technology used to spy on anyone for ‘intimate partner surveillance’. The new policy will implement from August 11, the company said.
"This includes but not limited to spyware/malware that can be used to monitor texts, phone calls, or browsing history; GPS trackers specifically marketed to spy or track someone without their consent; promotion of surveillance equipment (cameras, audio recorders, dash cams, nanny cams) marketed with the express purpose of spying," Google said in a statement on Friday.
The Search engine giant said that from August, "the Google Ads Enabling Dishonest Behaviour policy will be updated to clarify restrictions on advertising for spyware and surveillance technology".
"The updated policy will prohibit the promotion of products or services that are marketed or targeted with the express purpose of tracking or monitoring another person or their activities without their authorization," said the company.
"In short it's spyware beloved by creeps, jealous ex-partners, and those who have no qualms about invading someone's privacy in the hope of tracking what they're up to and with whom," said security writer Graham Cluley in a blog post.
The technology is mostly used by abusive husbands to track the activities of their wives, who are in most cases, are the victims of domestic violence. For the uninitiated, a group of advocates, antivirus companies and legal experts have already started working against the technology to deal with such kind of people.
(With IANS Inputs)
Posted By: Talib Khan