SNEAKY

08.22.13

Brazil Bickers Over Boyfriend Tracker

App was taken down because of privacy complaints.

As the National Security Agency implemented surveillance programs on calls and emails worldwide, Brazil was revealed to be one of the U.S.’s top targeted countries. Now a popular app, Rastreador de Namorados (or Boyfriend Tracker in English), was taken down from the Google Play app store last week in the wake of complaints about privacy abuse. There are similar tracking apps out there, but none has previously been so prominent in Brazil, and the reaction to this one seems to be different. With a country on edge, some even say it goes against an online harassment and hacking law. The 24-year-old developer of the software, Matheus Grijó, says the 50,000-user-strong app does not violate any privacy laws.