Saturday, September 09, 2006

Surveillance gizmos

We mentioned 'Flexispy' the other day (the 'world's most powerful spy software for mobile phones', which enables a buyer to 'secretly record every SMS [text] message, view their call history, and more!')

Now, via Spyblog, there's an item on Outlaw (the IT and data protection law site) on this very subject. According to Pinsent Mason's legal expert on surveillance:

"A piece of software which allows a user to track another person's mobile phone use would be almost impossible to use in the UK without breaking the law"
Naturally the firm supplying flexispy, Vervata, disagrees and points out that it can be used for "child abuse prevention" - in other words, the usual commercial attempt to legitimise surveillance and tracking tools. The Home Office also "confirmed that Vervata was not committing an offence under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act."

Strange, then, that Flexispy's
website specifically advertises the use of this gadget to "catch cheating spouses!" We've been looking at the Accessories and Abettors Act 1861 and pondering what would constitute counselling an offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990

Any thoughts welcome.


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