It’s a wonder why Google took so long, but the tech giant finally updates its policy to prohibit advertising for any spyware or surveillance technology.
Google doesn’t want you to spy on your significant other
Google will implement the new policy starting on August 11, 2020. This will prevent unethical parties from promoting any products and services that help one track or monitor another individual without their knowledge.
“Spyware and technology used for intimate partner surveillance including but not limited to spyware/malware that can be used to monitor texts, phone calls, or browsing history; GPS trackers specifically marketed to spy or track someone without their consent; promotion of surveillance equipment (cameras, audio recorders, dash cams, nanny cams) marketed with the express purpose of spying.”
Parents can still monitor their children
Google also pointed out that its new policy doesn’t include parents who want to track their underage children or private investigation services. Advertisers who violate this policy will be given a warning seven days in advance before a suspension.