Google excludes covert surveillance apps from its advertising platform

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Ads for parental control applications may remain, but this could be a loophole in the new regulations.

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“Stalkerware” applications for covert surveillance can no longer be advertised on Google's advertising platform, “the search giant said. Under its new policy, effective August 11, the company will not allow advertisements for products and services that are specifically intended to monitor or follow another person's activities without their express consent. Exceptions to the new regulation are private investigator services and parenting applications for parents. While many questionable apps may lose their visibility with the move, the ban now appears to be relatively easy to circumvent if they are later set up by their developers as parental control applications.

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