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Google announced a new policy Wednesday to limit stalkerware apps on the Play store.
Angela Lang/CNET Google announced a new policy Wednesday that will limit developers’ ability to put stalkerware apps on the Play store.
The new policy forbids the apps if they don’t do enough to let phone users know they’ve been installed.
But the apps must meet several criteria to be allowed, including frequent notifications to the phone user when the app sends off data, as well as a visible icon that correctly identifies the app as a monitoring service.
‘These apps cannot be used to track a person (a spouse, for example) without their knowledge or permission unless a persistent notification is displayed while the data is being transmitted,’ the policy, which will go into effect Oct.
Google didn’t allow stalkerware apps on the Play store before now, and has removed many apps for allowing customers to secretly track a users‘ phone behavior.
An FTC decision in 2019 required app makers to include a visible icon to let them users know the apps are installed on their phones, but made an exception for customers who are parents of minor children.
Domestic violence advocates and malware experts have also called for any monitoring app to include persistent notifications and a visible icon.