It can be hard to catch a cheater. They are calculating, mysterious, and devious. However in Brazil, it appears that electronics such as cell phones are the way to go if you are looking to catch a lover in the act. This is all made possible by the app called “Boyfriend Tracker”. The app has since been removed from the Google Play app store in response to criticism that it violated people’s privacy and also could provoke cases of stalking or extortion.
Brazil recently found out that it was one of the countries that was part of the NSA surveillance scandal and they felt violated. One woman in Brazil compares the app to what the NSA has done. She says that the app is a different type of spying because you are spying on one person that you know instead of an entire country of millions of people.
Some of the functions of this app include:
– Forwarding all text messages from the phone that the person is watching to their cell phone
– Having the phone silently call the spy’s phone so that they can listen in on conversations that their significant other is having near their phone
– Tracking updates on the location of the person being spied on
These seem like heavy duty features that invade privacy, but if you suspect a cheater, how far are you willing to go?
The good thing about the app is that the people who are looking to spy must first get ahold of the phone they are intending to spy on and install the app onto the phone. This can be a tricky endeavor. Creator Mattheus Grijo says that the response to the app has mostly been positive and has had over 50,000 downloads since its release two months ago.