Google has blocked the display of ads advertising partner spying applications (but not limited to), so-called stalker were apps that have recently been growing in popularity. In fact, they go against the policies and guidelines of the Mountain View house.
These kinds of applications are usually marketed and advertised within Google searches as consumer-grade spyware apps for protection against online predators. For example, they allow parents to check what their children are doing online or with their smartphone: they could in fact allow them to monitor calls, messages, apps used, photos, geolocation and so on.
These apps could also be used for other purposes, such as spying on your partner for evidence of betrayal, and some are already running for cover: several antivirus companies have perfected checks to unmask these apps, while federal authorities have taken action. against spyware manufacturers.
Google has banned ads involving this kind of application, which promote tracking of other people without permission. Big G is also continuing to monitor the situation, in order to prevent someone from being able to “deceive” its control systems, but there remains some ambiguity regarding the distinction between the different types: tracking of minors for safety, of partners or concerning private investigation services.
A Google spokesperson did not provide further details on how the control system works, merely explaining how it examines a combination of factors to determine whether or not the ad violates the policies (analyzing text and images, the type of promotion and the landing page).
According to reports from TechCrunch, apparently, this is not enough, as some stalker were apps have managed to evade controls and get approved: mSpy, just to give an example, has published ads linked to an interstitial web page on a domain completely separate from the official website, “cheating” Google.
As it turns out, Google needs to refine its controls if it really wants to thwart ads that don’t abide by policies and guidelines. Have you ever come across ads for these stalkers were applications?