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"Boyfriend Tracker" App Revised After Complaints

SURVEILLANCE—JAPAN

October 19, 2011

A Japanese mobile application developer has released a new version of an app designed to track GPS-enabled mobile devices after receiving hundreds of complaints that the software had been covertly installed on peoples' phones, reports The Telegraph. Kare Log did not display an icon to alert users that the software was in use. Japan's communications ministry said in a statement, "The consent of a tracked individual is very important. There were problems with the way that Kare Log was advertised." While the basic plan allowed location and battery usage to be tracked, an upgrade would allow for the monitoring of calls--including phone numbers dialed and the dates, times and lengths of calls.
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