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Boyfriend Tracker App Replaces Trust in Relationships

Part of every relationship you’ll ever have, regardless of whether it’s platonic or otherwise, is the establishment of trust. Especially in a romantic relationship, because if you find yourself worrying whether or not your partner is cheating on you or doing something else that might require you to snoop on his or her activity, the relationship is more than likely doomed.

Apparently men in Brazil are untrustworthy. Or women in Brazil are insane. Or perhaps some combination thereof. Because they developed this app called Rastreador de Namorados (Boyfriend Tracker in Portuguese). It’s a free download, and was downloaded about 50,000 times the first two months it was available. It does exactly what you’d expect it to: allows you to track the target phone through its GPS function, BCCs all text messages to and from the target phone to you, and even lets you make the target phone “accidentally” dial your phone without showing it’s done so in order to let you eavesdrop on whatever is going on around it.

When I first read this, my jaw literally dropped, and then I said something out loud that isn’t exactly appropriate to include in this post. But I suspect you’ve probably just said something similar, because…holy crap. What in the wide, wide world of sports were they thinking?? This app lives in the target phone (for $2 it’ll mask the icon from the phone’s owner, while the free version leaves the icon in place), making it do things the person who actually owns the phone has no idea it’s doing, all because you don’t trust them to be where they say they are doing what they said they were doing.

Trust me on this: If you have to install this app in order to track the person you’re dating, you need to break up with them. Immediately. And quite possibly talk to a therapist about your own issues. Because if you think it’s acceptable to hack your boyfriend’s phone so you can read all his text messages and listen in on all his conversations, you need some serious help. I’m not even sure there is enough help available for you, but you have to try. Because your other option is a padded room and a nice white coat that lets you hug yourself all day long.

Fortunately, due to huge (and not really surprising) public outcry and concern about privacy, this app has been removed from the Google Play Store. I remain flabbergasted that it existed in the first place, and for apparently several months, before it occurred to anyone that maybe a gross invasion of privacy disguised as something cute for a girlfriend to do was absolutely frightening. Have these people never heard of stalkers?


Source: Gizmodiva

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