May 082017
 May 8, 2017  Posted by  Business, Surveillance

Cory Doctorow reports:

Comparitech commissioned a survey of 2,000 people in the US and UK to ask whether they thought “it is legal to install a program on a partner’s phone to snoop on their activity?” and whether they would “ever consider adding a program to your child’s phone that allows you to listen to their conversations and spy on their messages?”

The survey was prompted by Joseph Cox’s excellent reporting on Flexispy, a company that markets illegal spyware to jealous spouses and helicopter parents through a network of shadowy, Ponzi-like “affiliates” around the world, and by the finding that survivors of domestic abuse report that their abusers frequently use tools like Flexispy to track them.

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