Bad news for stocking apps users! Google banned these apps, delete them from your phone immediately
Google has removed many stalkerware ads from the Play Store that promote Spying Spy. This isn't the first time Google has done something like this. These stalkerware ads promote apps that allow users to spy.
If you also use any kind of stocking app to stock your spouse or any loved one, then there is important news for you. A new report suggests that Google has removed several stalkerware ads from the Play Store that promote spouse spying. This isn't the first time Google has done something like this. These stalkerware ads promote apps that allow users to spy on their spouse or lover. This is against the policy and guidelines of the play store.
How does the Stalkerware Ad app work?
Stalkerware apps are usually disguised under fake app names with suspicious access to messages, call logs, location, and other personal activity. Once downloaded, these apps are used to guide people to spy on their spouse's smartphones. According to TechCrunch, “We do not allow ads promoting spyware for partner surveillance. We immediately removed ads that violate our policy and will continue to track emerging behaviors to prevent bad actors from trying to evade our detection systems.
The report found that several stalkerware apps used a variety of techniques to evade Google's ban on such apps. Google updated its Play Store policies to ban stalkerware apps in October last year. Google said that apps that transmit personal information from devices without sufficient notice or consent and do not consistently display a notification that this is happening will be banned from their Play Store.
Security writer Graham Cluley said in a blog, "In essence, it's spyware beloved by creepy, jealous ex-partners, and who have no hesitation about invading anyone's privacy, in hopes of tracking it down." What are they doing and with whom are they?" However, Google has allowed apps that FMdlscen parents can use to track their kids.
A recent report by cyber security firm Kaspersky claimed that some 4,627 mobile users in India were found to be victims of stalkerware as some attempt to digitally control the lives of their intimate partners. In 2020, a total of 53,870 mobile users were affected by stalkerware globally. In 2019, Kaspersky found 67,500 affected mobile users.