Israel and the Muslim World: New Uses of Spy Phone Apps

Israel and the Muslim World: New Uses of Spy Phone Apps

The boom about Israel’s program for Android apps spying on the citizens’ mobile activity gas just started to settle, but the news is disenchanting – it is not a single, unique case of the governments’ appropriation of the spy phone app technology. The recent announcement from the Muslim-majority China’s areas about the introduction of mandatory spying software for citizens’ smartphones is another call for considering the future not as cloudless as it used to be depicted by the proponents of technological progress. Those who imagined finding themselves in a world of super-comfortable gadgets simplifying every activity in their lives, and looked forward to the introduction of new digital technologies as a solution for every trouble – beware! Some observations of the previous couple of months suggest that technological advancements made for people’s comfort and convenience are now increasingly used by the governments for their selfish purposes of public control.

Spy Phone Apps: the Israel Case 

In April 2017, Google uncovered some unprecedented revelations of its analysts – the Google authorities revealed an Israeli app tracking people’s calls, messages, and online activities via a smartphone. The program was so advanced that it also enabled its owners to conduct illicit spying on the users via their smartphones’ cameras and microphones. Such a broad and enhanced set of spyware functions raised sincere concerns among the users and authorities responsible for Internet security and privacy, since its potential of eliciting private … Read More