Spy Phone Software: Why Use It?

While no one wants to be covertly spied on, there are some uses for spy software that are legitimate and may not invade anyone’s privacy. If you install this software on your own phone then you have a possibility of finding it or getting it back if it has been stolen. This is a simple security issue.

If your child, or any member of your family, gets in trouble while they have their cell phone on them, then there is a chance you can help them. Privacy is not an issue if everyone has agreed on, and abides by ground rules. For example: no spying unless someone is missing, does not show up for an appointment, ignores a curfew or any other situation that has been agreed upon. If a child is abducted, and this happens, time is of the essence and statistics show that very few children survive the first critical hours. A cell phone with tracking gives the police and you a head start.

Everyone who has had teenagers knows that keeping in touch with parents when out and about is not a priority. The teen will know that if they don’t keep to the guidelines then someone will be looking for them on the cell. It can be a way to allow more freedom with less worry and is a win for everyone.

The Legal Use of Spy Phones

Right now, it is legal to spy on a cell phone if you are the owner of the phone. This means that it is legal to use the software to protect your family and your property. It is also legal to spy on business phones that you own. It is unclear whether it is legal to spy on your employees without their knowledge. Generally, people have to be informed if their conversations are being recorded.

Illegal Use of Spy Phones

Companies and websites selling spy phones carry disclaimers about the illegal use of spy software. They do not want to be liable for the illegal use of the spyware. At the same time, they give examples of how the phones can be used that cannot be anything but illegal. An example of a disclaimer:

Disclaimer: XXXX is a software program designed to gather information about a phone. You should be the legal owner of the phone or have permission from the user of the phone to install XXXX on it.

If you don’t comply with this, you may be breaking federal, state, or local laws, depending on where you live. User discretion and judgment is advised. By getting XXXX, you agree to use it for legal purposes only. You also agree to use the software at your sole discretion and responsibility, releasing XXXX from any legal responsibilities that result from your actions, including but not limited to loss of data and damage of equipment, as well as any legal consequences of your actions. Nothing explicit or implicit in this website will create a guarantee of any kind. In addition, you agree to release the XXXX team as individuals or as a company from any legal responsibility resulting from any damage in relationships or loss of capital that may be caused from the use of the software. The use of XXXXe will be taken as acceptance of this disclaimer.

This disclaimer makes it very clear that Company XXXX wants no responsibility for illegal use of their software. At the same time, the advertising FAQs state that there is no way to get caught, the software is undetectable, and all that is needed is the IMEI number of the phone and the phone number. There are also a number of suggestions on the covert use of the software with typical examples of catching cheating spouses or partners and exposing disloyal or criminal behavior of employees. It does not take much to imagine how one could use the software illegally and not get caught.

Cell phone spy software can be used for good or evil. Knowledge is power and this power can be used to protect property and ensure safety of family members or it can be used to invade the privacy of innocent people with information that can be used against them. Laws preventing the illegal use of spyware, if they exist, are not enforceable right now. Knowing this, you should take steps to prevent the covert installation of spyware on your phone. If you suspect there is spy software on your phone have it removed by your service provider and be more careful.