Saturday May 06, 2017

Many Believe That Using Spyware to Snoop on Family Members Is Legal

Would you snoop on your significant other or children using spyware? A decent amount of people would, or, at the very least, believe it’d be perfectly legal to do so. Out of a survey of more than 2,000 people, one in five respondents would not hesitate to install spy apps on someone’s device, which may be used to listen in on conversations and read their messages.

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The survey of more than 2,000 peopleآ–spread roughly equally between age groups, genders, and UK and US nationalityآ–questioned respondents about how they viewed spying on partners’ and children’s phones and internet activity. We found the answers to this question somewhat troubling. About one in five respondents thought it was not illegal to install a spying program on a partner’s phone to snoop on their activity. Over one-quarter of those questioned weren’t sure. As a general rule, it is illegal to install an app on another person’s phone without their knowledge. Whether doing so actually is illegal depends on the circumstances.