Google Play Store Advertised Stalkerware to Track Spouses
- Google is correcting a “typo” in its Play Store “stalkerware” policy that currently suggests that apps can be used to track spouses
- campaigners say stalkerware and other tracking software is dangerous, because it can facilitate domestic abuse and harassment of partners
- Currently, the policy also mistakenly says parents cannot track their children.
- The updated developer policy, which comes into effect on October 1st, now explicitly says that Play Store apps which allow parents to track their children are acceptable, but that they cannot be used to track adults (like a spouse) without their knowledge or permission
- Google’s rules state that apps cannot mislead users about their tracking functionality. Apps must “present users with a persistent notification and unique icon that clearly identifies the app” and they’re not allowed to hide tracking behavior