CCL President highlights dangers and privacy issues of phone monitoring apps for kids

CCL President Stephen Blanks spoke to A Current Affair about his concerns if parents use phone monitoring app Teensafe, a tool marketed at parents to monitor and track the phone activity of their kids. The app allows parents to view their children's texts, calls, GPS location, web browsing, messaging through other apps, Instagram and Facebook activity. 

"It's absurd that children aged 16 can consent to sex, but this product can be used to spy on their private lives," Stephen told ACA. 

He also warned that there is a danger the account information could fall into the wrong hands, and that adults could be breaking the law if the app is used to spy on people over the age of 18. 

The implications for the privacy of children is also critical. "All parents have got a responsibility for keeping their children safe, of course," Stephen said, "But that's not to say that parents should be allowed to deprive their children of necessary privacy."

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Source: A Current Affair, 14/04/2015