Matters of legality are inherent in the western mind. We respect law and do our best not to infringe it, at least voluntarily. We abide by the legislation of our native country and try to uphold the laws and customs of our hosts while travelling abroad.
The very term “spyware” invokes strange reverberations in our law-abiding souls. We think of spies lavishly clad in Hollywood style, tech-savvy secret agents and sci-fi gear of deep-dyed movie villains. But actual spying in flesh and blood can be very boring, not to say dangerous. Lurking in the bushes all night long, when it’s raining cats and dogs, just to capture a couple of bad quality pictures isn’t an exciting joyride. Nowadays, one doesn’t have to resort to such drastic measures. There’s spyware in the market.
The problem rests mainly with the usage of the product, as everything created by man is double-edged, having both positive and negative usability. A knife manufacturer cannot be responsible for his product being used for killing; its intended usage was claimed to be for cutting while cooking.
The same is true for spyware vendors. They cannot be held responsible for the actions of some persons with criminal intentions or distorted logics. Breaking law isn’t wired in the application code; it’s in some humans’ brains.
Websites of spyware selling companies are equipped with an obligatory section – a so-called disclaimer. It’s like a shield to protect them in case of alleged accusations or concocted trials. The main sphere of legal troubles is a possible breach of privacy while using spyware without consent.
Every country can have its peculiar ways of treating such cases from the juridical point of view. Before the intended purchase, people are strongly advised to consult local lawyers on the matters of spyware legality.
But as far as we know now, even governmental agencies initially created with the aim of protecting its ordinary citizens “condescend” to using spyware upon them. Nowadays, even outstanding and respected citizens, for instance, Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, can become targets of spying. Just recollect the notorious case of NSA “participation” in her communication.
In some cases, though, the private usage of spyware is vitally important and justified. First and foremost, someone’s life may depend on your finding out what’s wrong with your kin this very moment. Your kids’ wellbeing, as well as that of the elder members of the family, or even of employees treated like kin, may be at stake. Preventive control can be easily undertaken with modern mobile phone spyware.
In order to monitor a phone legally, first, it must be yours, directly or indirectly. Secondly, its adult user must be notified about the process.
Actually, there are only two ways to use spy software legally:
- To monitor your kids’ cell phones (without their knowledge if they are underage);
- To monitor your employees’ cell phones, if the company supplies them and you tell them they are being monitored.
But mind! Not a single bit of information you discover during your private “phone” investigation can be used in the courtroom. In case you try to, there are serious consequences impending over you. We do hope you treasure your freedom and reputation high in order not to commit such an unwise thing. Have a good use of your private “pocket” spy!