Stalkerware, Spouseware

One of legal types of spyware used to spy on children, colleagues or relatives. Promoted as parental control tools, these apps, however, have a much broader scope of application. Stalkerware is installed without the device owner’s consent to secretly stream the victim’s personal info – images, videos, correspondence, geolocation data – to a command server. This carries the danger of personal information being misused by third parties, such as the app owners.

Most stalkerware products formally comply with the legislation but are banned for distribution through legitimate channels, such as Google Play or App Store, for failure to comply with ethical norms.