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November 21, 2019 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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EFF Works to Combat Stalkerware Apps

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), along with several organizations, launched the Coalition Against Stalkerware “to unite and mobilize security software companies and advocates for domestic abuse victims in actions to combat and shut down malicious stalkerware apps.”

According to the press release, stalkerware “is installed on phones without device owners’ knowledge or consent to secretly spy on them. The apps track victims’ locations and allow abusers to read their text messages, monitor phone calls, see photos, videos, and web browsing, and much more. It’s being used all over the world to intimidate, harass, and harm victims, and is a favorite tool for stalkers and abusive spouses or ex-partners.”

The Coalition Against Stalkerware will aim to establish best practices for ethical software development, as well as bring attention to stalkerware apps and how they work so that people can identify them and remove them from their phones. It also aims to provide help for victims—such as by forming partnerships with law enforcement and lawmakers to enforce protections—and advocate for antivirus makers to build stalkerware detection into their products.

For more information, read the press release.

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