Canadian Legal and Policy Analysis of Using, Developing, and Selling Smartphone Spyware and Stalkerware Applications

This report from The Citizen Lab, Munk School and University of Toronto provides an in-depth legal and policy analysis of technology-facilitated intimate partner surveillance under Canadian law. In particular, the analysis focuses on a growing marketplace of spyware products that exists online and in major software application stores. These apps are designed to facilitate remote surveillance of an individual’s mobile device use with the surveillance often being covert or advertised as such. Despite increasing recognition of the prevalence of technology-enabled intimate partner abuse and harassment, the legality of the creation, sale and use of consumer-level spyware apps has not yet been closely considered by Canadian courts, legislators or regulators.


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