The newly launched “Boyfriend Tracker” app is generating plenty of buzz as it’s been downloaded tens of thousands of times, from Google playstore, in Brazil within two months. While there has been plenty of discussion about privacy in Brazil and elsewhere, snooping has a long tradition, and the “Boyfriend Tracker” is just latest tool to keep tabs on a partner suspected of cheating.
The “Rastreador de Namorados”( Boyfriend Tracker in Portughese) app, was available for a short time for Android devices in Brazil before it was removed by Google, because it got several complaints about privacy abuses, AP reported. The app was developed by Matheus Grijo, 24, and can be downloaded from the app’s the official website.
After being installed on the target phone, the app acts as “a detective in your pocket”, allowing jealous girlfriends to track their partner’s location, forward duplicates of text messages, and even force their parter’s phone to silently call their own, so they can listen in on conversations. This app promises to act like a “private detective in your partner’s pocket.”
It lets users obtain a call history, receive any incoming or outgoing text messages, identify a partner’s location on a map using GPS, and can turn on the phone to listen in to the surrounding environment. The app also lets users know when a phone is turned off or set to Airplane Mode. The app has to be downloaded on the intended individual phone, with their consent, according to Grijo. The individual can then text message codes to turn on the various tracking options.
“In Brazil, we have this culture of switching partners really quickly, so this is a way of dealing with that,” said Matheus Grijo, a 24-year-old Sao Paulo-based developer behind Boyfriend Tracker. “People really appreciate having a tool to help them find out whether they’re being cheated on.”
Despite being removed by Google, it is still available via direct download from his company’s website.
To install Boyfriend Tracker, suspicious partners have to get their hands on their loved one’s smartphones and upload the app. A free version leaves the app’s icon visible on the target’s phone, while a version that costs $2 a month masks the icon.