TechCrunch: Google pulls ‘stalkerware’ ads that promoted phone spying apps

TechCrunch: Google pulls ‘stalkerware’ ads that promoted phone spying apps. “Google has pulled several ‘stalkerware’ ads that violated its policies by promoting apps that encouraged prospective users to spy on their spouses’ phone. These consumer-grade spyware apps are often marketed to parents wishing to monitor their child’s calls, messages, apps, photos and location, often under the guise of protecting against predators. But these apps, which are often designed to be installed surreptitiously and without the device owner’s consent, have been repurposed by abusers to spy on the phones of their spouses.”

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