Order of the White Feather has a sobering post up on using technology to continually abuse and control a partner seeking to get away from her abuser. It is just astounding that someone could think up this sh*t (probably an abuser himself), and then be able to sell it without worry of prosecution.
The companies market the tools as “safety features” to monitor your kids….it always starts out that way–marketed for something good when it’s used for something evil. I don’t buy mSpy’s assertion that they have no knowledge or responsibility for their product being used for abuse.
MSpy has a step-by-step guide — with screenshots — on how to download the app onto an iPhone or Android device, how to activate it, and then how to delete any visible trace of it. It’ll just hang out in a hidden folder, with a nondescript name like “Android.sys.”
Why would you need to hide it if you were using it for innocent reasons? I don’t understand the parents-as-stalkers mindset, either. Good Grief, the poor children with such controlling parents, monitoring every single thing they do! Suffocating.
And the online banking thing…one of the reasons I will not do it is because of security. I had to close my free account recently because the bank insisted on a $500 balance, or I could switch to online banking and not deal with the humans at all (putting another person out of work is not my idea of doing unto others as I would have done to me…).
This story drives that point home–no matter how much they would like to assure us that technology = security…the facts speak differently. Paper is still more secure, with less ability of someone gaining access to information that is none of their business.
And in this case, someone’s life depends on it.
In this rape culture, women are still seen as extensions of men. As objects to be owned and possessed. The domestic abuse represents that sense of entitlement.