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New Version of "Mobile Spy" Raises Concerns

April 30, 2010

A U.S.-based software firm announced that it has released a new version of its "Mobile Spy" program to capture not only text messages and telephone calls but also e-mails and photographs from mobile devices, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Retina-X Studios is marketing the software as a way to "open your eyes to the real actions of what your child or employee does on your BlackBerry device." However, Australian Privacy Foundation Chairman Roger Clarke suggests such software is inappropriate, noting that while there may be times when employers need to use such technology, "the way to do that is through the courts if they have reasonable grounds for suspicion."
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