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Is Phone Spy Software Really Legal

Have you noticed a lot of talk lately about people using cell phone spy software? It is definitely becoming popular and I wanted to clear up some questions around the legality of this software. Spy software on cell phones is indeed perfectly legal to sell and use in certain specific circumstances.

The problem lies in how it is used, by unscrupulous people. Advertisements don’t help – going for misleading headlines like spying on your Ex or catching your cheating spouse, to lure you in but add disclaimers and other legal jargon to protect the company from legal action. Thankfully things are changing and some of the better companies now focus on the legal uses for spy software. Today’s spy software focuses more on legal and legitimate ways to use the program, check out this website Acisni for examples of good legitimate spy software programs – and how to use it properly.

While the attitudes of some companies may have changed the disclaimers remain the same. The disclaimers are there becauselegal questions no matter how much these companies tell you to do the right thing there is someone willing to do the wrong thing. The company should not be at fault for people’s negligence, and they want to protect themselves from ending up in a legal situation. Their strategic disclaimers make sure that does not happen.

The legal situation is about privacy laws. There are individual privacy laws, government privacy laws and law enforcement privacy laws and all of them use a different set of rules. The law varies between countries, regions and cities so it is never straightforward. Individual privacy laws may not count as much as government and law enforcement privacy laws in the eyes of the court. People need to stick to the basic privacy laws so they will be safe from prosecution – if you follow carefully what is mentioned in the disclaimers you should be safe. There are certain conditions to keeping legal, they are as follows:

  1. You must own or have the legal rights to the cell phone you want to monitor. (You pay the bills)
  2. You must let the user of the cell phone know that the phone is being monitored if they are an adult

In other words the cell phone of interest must be owned by you or you must be the one to pay the cell phone bill. So when you purchase the other party’s cell phone you cannot monitor it without their knowledge. That’s not how the system works. This will backfire because the courts can argue that you bought the phone just to spy on them. That hurts your chances of winning. That is why using spy software on cell phones and having legal authority over the cell phone is a grey area. But the second privacy law of notifying them makes the situation much clearer.

The best way to use the cell phone without legal action is the following:

  • Monitoring children’s cell phones under 18
  • Monitoring work cell phones employees use. Companies can do this if they tell their employees the phone will be monitored. Have this discussion in a meeting and in writing, before allowing workers to use them.

There are no exceptions. If you do use spy software illegally any evidence you uncover cannot be used in court. It doesn’t matter if you catch them admitting or doing something that will get you off the hook; you can’t use it. Plus, you will most likely end up in the courts yourself for invasion of privacy. Stick to the legal ways to monitor and you will be safe and remember the penalties can be severe.

So is spy software legal? Yes, but it is the way you use it that will make it illegal. Think before you act.

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Keep Your Smartphone from Ruining Your Life – and Other’s

Smartphones are now a part of daily life, and there’s no getting around that fact. Our faces and the faces of our children are buried into phones, tablets, and laptops. We all have that annoying friend that won’t put their phone down during a meal. How do you cope with the constant distraction? Hopefully, these tips can help you keep your smartphone from ruining your life.

Put your phone away when with friends and family.

There’s nothing wrong with excusing yourself while you check in with the babysitter or multitask checking the score of the game while heading to the bathroom, but when you are in the midst of interacting with your friends, practice some restraint. Talk, enjoy yourself, and forget your phone. If you are expecting an important call, set your phone to vibrate (in your pocket phone_use_bored-pic1or purse and not on the table), and excuse yourself when you need to take the call.

Another fun way to spend dedicated time with family or friends is to have tech-free evenings or parties. Invite your friends and let them know they’ll need to check their phones at the door. Instead, plan an evening of fun activities and games to play.

Think twice before snapping a pic.

Every moment does not need to be chronicled. Living in the moment can be much more rewarding than what you can share with friends you barely know on Facebook or Instagram. Make a plan to take a couple photos with friends or in front of a location, and let it stop there. The view through your phone is not nearly as good as the one through your very own eyes.

Bored? Take a look around.

Smartphones are our go-to time passer. If you are bored, get creative, and try to think of something else you can do before you grab for your smartphone. If you’re at home, ask yourself if there is anything you’ve been procrastinating on. How about learning a new hobby? There’s more to life than YouTube!

Don’t over share.

Twenty years ago, you may recall your uncle’s family vacation to the Grand Canyon. You may also recall the hundreds of uninteresting photos he was so ready to share of his experience. The second hand experience he subjected you and others to was probably lackluster at best. Odds are your social media friends feel the same way. So, before you snap that photo of your breakfast to share with the world, ask yourself: does anyone really care about this?

Don’t count on your phone in risky situations.

Whether you’re traveling across the country or expecting a conference call while in a new restaurant, don’t leave anything to chance. Your GPS could leave you stranded in a bad part of town, or you may not be able to get signal in this new restaurant your friends couldn’t stop talking about. What do you do now? Have a backup plan that does not rely on your smartphone. For the above situations, bring a paper map, and call the restaurant ahead to make plans for a phone call if you have cell trouble. Being resourceful is not limited to your ability to Google.

A Quick Conclusion

Set boundaries for yourself, and have expectations for your family and friends’ behavior when it comes to technology in social situations. Don’t become a phone bore!

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