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Who Is Legally Allowed To Use Spy Technology?

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Legality is a big issue when it comes to the use of Spy Applications. Since spy applications are pretty much made to be intrusive in nature, only a limited number of people are legally authorized to use them and still there are some sorts of legal, ethical and moral boundaries attached to that legal authority as well.

Therefore, whatever good reason you might have for using it, you are not allowed to use it legally unless you are:

Worried Parents

Parents have a certain authority over their children and are legally allowed to monitor them since they usually are the ones that buy the cellphone and the computer the child is using. This makes the said electronic devices the property of the parent and they can do whatever they want to their own property. But, this authority comes with a catch. Parents are legally authorized to monitor their children as long as they are minors in the eyes of law. Once these minor get old enough to be counted as legal adults, parents have relinquish all such monitoring authorities even if they are still monitoring them through the device that they have purchased for their teen. At that point that property transfers into the ownership of the teen and you no longer can have authority over it.

Government Agencies

Government Agencies are authorized by law, since they obviously are the makers of the law to be able to use spy tech to keep an eye on both the law abiding citizens and law breakers alike to maintain national security. Both the intelligence and government agencies are allowed to use them in all forms. From video surveillance to audio surveillance to keylogging to bugs and trackers to spy apps they are legally authorized to collect evidence through this means and are also allowed to use the collected data in the court of law to ensure that criminals are brought to the justice they deserve and that the people remain safe.

Business Owners

Business owners are also legally authorized to use spy tech to keep an eye on their employee, both the mobile workforce and the in-house employees since employees use the hardware, equipment and electronic devices that happen to fall into the ownership of the business. This legally allows them to do as they please with all that they own and even use spy tech to monitor employee productivity, mitigate risks and keep an eye on the mobile workforce, wherever they may be and are they working like they are supposed to or just slacking off. Additionally, this way business owners can also reduce internet abuse in the workplace and ensure that the company’s confidential data remains confidential and does not falls into the wrong hands.

Walking on the Edge

While it might just have been a catchphrase throughout the whole Spiderman franchise, it may stand to be true in this case that with great power comes great responsibility. Spy apps give you the power to not only protect yourself but your loved ones as well. It allows you to peer into someone’s life and take a good look at their deepest, darkest secret and be privy to the things they alone know about themselves.

Using spy apps is more or less legal. Yet, there are some instances where there is a fine line between its legal and illegal use. Most spy app users already walk on the edge when it comes to it use, for example, parents cannot use spy apps to monitor their kids once they turn 18. Similarly, business owners cannot place bugs and trackers or install spy apps onto an employee’s private smartphone, automobile or computer.

In another instance, where use of spy apps may seem to be legal is the one between spouses and partners. Its legally is debatable between married couples since they have a legal right and ownership of one another. On the other hand when it comes to a relationship between unmarried partners that do not have any right over the other in the eyes of law, it might be illegal to use spy apps in cases like these.

The Bottom Line

Where in one instance the use may be legal, with the change in a single variable what once was legal main turn into something punishable by law. Therefore, the best thing one can do in a situation like this is to analyze their situation from every angle before investing in spy applications.


Author Bio:

Nicki along with her brother Tom is a serious entrepreneur in the virtual world and has published many strategies in the form of write ups and books for online businesses to flourish. Her work on spy app for mobile phone has received great appreciation at TheOneSpy blog from readers. She keeps updated with the latest news. To know more about her, follow on Twitter @nickimarie222.

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