TheJournal.ie uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Click here to find out more »
Dublin: 16 °C Friday 31 October, 2014

‘Boyfriend Tracker’ app removed from Google Play

The Brazilian app allowed partners track their boyfriend’s location, listen in on conversations and get copies of their texts.

Brazilian Boyfriend tracker app taken down from Google Play
Brazilian Boyfriend tracker app taken down from Google Play

AN APP THAT let women track and monitor their boyfriend’s whereabouts and get duplicates of their text messages sent on to them has been dumped from Google Play.

Called “Rastreador de Namorados” (Portuguese for Boyfriend Tracker), the app was removed last week, amid concerns that it could be used for extortion or stalking.

Thousands of Brazilians  downloaded “Boyfriend Tracker” to their smartphones before it was removed.

Since its launch two months ago, the Boyfriend Tracker app had been downloaded 50,000 times, reports Associated Press.

‘Detective in your pocket’

Nicknamed the “private detective in your partner’s pocket” the app had many features including the ability to send the person doing the tracking updates on their partner’s location and forwarding duplicates of their partners text messages. To install Boyfriend Tracker, suspicious partners had to first get their hands on their loved one’s smartphones so they could upload the app.

The app also had a feature that allowed the user to force the target phone to silently call their own, so they could listen in on what the other person was saying.

Google spokeswoman Gina Johnson said that it’s Google’s policy not to comment on why apps are removed.

Additional reporting Associated Press

How cheated-on spouses get their public revenge>

Column: Infidelity is an intimate betrayal and dealing with it is a complex process>

Column: Can a relationship really survive if someone is unfaithful?>

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article
  •  

Read next:

Comments (69 Comments)

Add New Comment