It looks like 60 governments across the globe are using spyware apps to track their citizens' mobile data. This is another scary development showing how governments can track our data and personal information using smartphones.
Disguised as a regular news app for Android, the technical “implant” allows covert collection of emails, text messages, address books, and keystroke logging. It can take screenshots, record audio and photos, and monitor the user’s location through GPS.
The app was made by an Italian company called Hacking Team. Kapersky Labs and the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab reverse-engineered the technology and researched its effects.
This technology is especially worrisome in countries that limit or ban free speech because they can easily track what people are saying, even in the privacy of their own homes!