FTC Bans SpyFone for App That Secretly Tracked People’s Devices

Sept. 1, 2021, 7:16 PM

The Federal Trade Commission banned from the surveillance business the company behind an app that allegedly spied on people’s phones through a hidden device hack.

The ban against SpyFone and its chief executive Scott Zuckerman marks the first such enforcement action from the FTC, according to the agency’s Wednesday announcement. The commission has previously gone after so-called stalkerware that monitors consumers’ mobile devices, though past actions haven’t included a ban.

Support King LLC, which did business as SpyFone.com, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. SpyFone markets its app as a way for parents to monitor their children’s phone ...

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