Cheaters beware: There’s a Brazilian app called “Rastreador de Namorados", or "Boyfriend Tracker" in Portuguese, that allows users to track their partner’s whereabouts without them knowing. Invasion of privacy? Yes, completely. Genius technology? Definitely.
Google, however, doesn’t seem to think this app is so safe (potential stalking or extortion is totally feasible), so they’ve removed Boyfriend Tracker from the Google Play app store. The app’s 24-year-old developer from Sao Paulo, Matheus Grijo, insists Boyfriend Tracker does not violate any Brazilian laws. “In Brazil, we have this culture of switching partners really quickly, so this is a way of dealing with that," said Grijo. "People really appreciate having a tool to help them find out whether they're being cheated on."
The app really is a detective’s masterpiece. Capabilities include sending tracker updates on their partner's location and forwarding duplicates of text messages from the tapped phone. There is even a function that allows a tracker to force the tapped phone to silently call their own, like a pocket dial, so they can listen in on what the person is saying.
And, good luck trying to figure out if your phone has been targeted. To install the Boyfriend Tracker, the app needs to be downloaded to the target smartphone. A free version keeps the icon visible on the home screen, while a $2 per month version makes the icon invisible.
Despite these controversial features, a disclaimer on the Boyfriend Tracker website warns that the app is for "social and recreational use.” And, it encourages spies to download the app with the phone owner’s consent.
Listen, ladies. We understand being worried if our significant other is cheating. But, if we go so far as downloading this app, we have to ask ourselves, is there a bigger issue here? Shouldn’t we trust the men we call “boyfriends”? And, if we don’t, maybe it’s time to break up – not shadily snoop around on their phones. Like they say, if we ain’t got trust, then we ain’t got love.
Via: Big Story, Photo Courtesy: Tumblr