- KidsGuard, an app present on thousands of Android phones has reportedly accessed personal information on the phones
- Developers of the app have meanwhile argued that it is to help parents monitor the activities of their children
- It has however been discovered that a misconfigured server facilitated the spilling of private information on the internet
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An app known as KidsGuard, which is present on thousands of Android phones is capable of monitoring everything on the user’s phone, YEN.com.gh has learned.
Information available shows that the app is designed to access all forms of information on the device such as real-time location, text messages, browser history, photos, videos and app activities, and recordings of phone calls.
The situation is further worsened by a misconfigured server, resulting in a spill of all information gathered from the victim’s phone on the internet.
KidsGuard falls into a category of apps described as consumer-grade spyware apps or stalkerware, and have been thoroughly scrutinized in recent times.
A techcrunch report shows that such apps are often marketed as tools to help parents monitor the activities of children but also help spouses spy on each other.
This has compelled privacy groups and security firms to team up to better identify stalkerware as the security lapse reveals how intrusive the app can be.
An experiment with one of such phones showed that the app was sharing content of the device to an Alibaba cloud storage bucket.
In other news, President Akufo-Addo has cautioned the minority side in Parliament against introducing what he terms as “ill-judged politics” into the fate of Ghanaian students in China.
According to him, the actions of the minority would eventually lead to the spread of fear and panic among the students in the country.
The president passed the comments as part of his presentation of the State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday, February 20, 2020.
He explained that the situation in China is a delicate one that needs to be devoid of scoring points by playing politics with it.
He, therefore, entreated the House to set a good example and pour oil over troubled waters so that there could be peace.
President Akufo-Addo noted that the government has not ruled out the possibility of an evacuation but at the moment is working with the best principles of public health.
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