New York legislator seeks to ban "spying" apps

New York legislator seeks to ban "spying" apps
Many of these tracking applications seem to provide a rather “varied” user experience, but the nature of what they are designed to do have inspired New York Assemblyman Micah Kellner (D-Manhattan).

Apps like “i See You HD lite” which is available on iTunes or “iTrack” which is available in iTunes and Google Play purport to provide tracking of smartphones in real time. They are tagged as entertainment and not meant to be used for nefarious purposes.

To Mr. Kellner however, “they have no legitimate purpose” and he is sponsoring a bill in the New York State legislature that would make it illegal for such apps to be sold. Penalties under this law would impose fines between $1,000 to $5,000 for each violation for “chronic” offenders.

Mr. Kellner asserts that these apps are akin to illegal wiretaps and make it easier for stalkers to track their would-be victims. He has been demanding that Google and Apple have the aforementioned apps, and others like them, removed from Google Play and iTunes

source: BetaBeat



6. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

More bans coming from New York... shocker. Maybe the idiot should actually take the time to check out the apps before banning them based on rhetoric. You have to request permission and have people approve to be added to your tracking list. Makes it really difficult to use for nefarious purposes, but can help you keeping your teen out of trouble, or perhaps track down a loved one if abducted by one of the predators he claims will benefit from this app. I hate stupid people but especially stupid politicians who's stupidity can impact the masses.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Government does it, Google does it, so why not?

3. ZeroCide

Posts: 819; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

but the government spying with PRISM is ok right?

2. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

You're not allowed to spy on anyone unless you're the U.S. government than it's okay to spy on everyone... to protect our freedom.

5. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I'm in favor of this ban. I'm also in favor of a PRISM ban, but well we know thats never gonna happen... You know, what with double standards and all.

1. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

The legislator probably is afraid to get caught with a prostitute, banning these apps will make it easier for corrupt politicians to seek and run for higher office.

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