We always come across really worrying software and apps designed to help suspicious – and sometimes just actually mental – people stalk their boyfriends and girlfriends and wives and husbands. However, a case over in the US has got people talking because a college student has been granted a civil stalking order against her parents for installing software on her phone and computer so they can keep a close eye on her while she’s away from home.
Aubrey Ireland’s over-protective parents were worried about her behaviour at college so decided to install software on her mobile phone that would provide them with details about incoming calls and on her laptop that would save Facebook messages and browsing history. Everything then got even weirder when her parents insisted she leave Skype on all night so they could watch her sleep and Aubrey decided to take legal action, which means her parents can’t see her until she’s back from college and if they attempt to turn up or do anything else with her gadgets they could face criminal charges.
Although it certainly seems like there are a few other more complicated factors at play here – Digital Trends hints at her parents having some serious issues – it’s still an interesting case, which could certainly set a precedent for future invasions of privacy, regardless of who you are, who you’ve been stalking and whether you gave birth to them or not.