FTC Bans Stalkerware App in Industry First

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FTC Bans Stalkerware App in Industry First

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued its first ever ban of a stalkerware app and its CEO, in what could be the start of a crackdown on this category of controversial surveillance software.

The FTC kicked SpyFone and CEO Scott Zuckerman out of the surveillance business due to concerns that the app “secretly harvested and shared data on people’s physical movements, phone use and online activities through a hidden device hack.” That's basically the definition of stalkerware.

A second complaint was that the app required purchasers to “root” the Android devices they were looking to eavesdrop on, potentially voiding warranties and exposing them to security threats.

“The stalkerware app company not only illegally harvested and shared people’s private information, it also failed to keep it secure. The FTC alleges that SpyFone did not put in place basic security measures despite promising that it took

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