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Caution. There are programs capable of monitoring and collecting your personal data, without your consent and in real time. And the worst thing is that there are even Portuguese who think it’s acceptable to spy on your partner’s phone, with or without the use of such programs.

If, on the one hand, there are those who see “no problem” in spying on their partner’s mobile phone; on the other, there are those who are unaware that there are tools capable of monitoring and collecting personal data in real time, without authorization or consent, in any technological device. But we’ll get there.

When it comes to monitoring and spying on the partner without his consent or knowledge, 1% of the Portuguese do not see any problem and even consider that it is “acceptable” under certain circumstances. This is one of the conclusions of a study, developed by Kaspersky, a company specializing in cybersecurity, which counted 21 thousand participants worldwide, of which Portugal was also part.

Warning, invasion of privacy? 

Among the 11% who believe that there are circumstances capable of justifying the monitoring of the partner, almost two-thirds admit that they would do so if they suspected infidelity, if the monitoring had to do with suspicions about their safety (56%) or, still, if they believed that the partner was involved in any criminal activities (48%), advances this study, quoted by “MAGG”.

But, wait, because the conclusions don’t stop there. And consent is not always discarded, as 6% of respondents in Portugal say they have already been asked to install a monitoring. But, calm down, because the conclusions don’t stop there.

And consent is not always discarded as 6% of respondents in Portugal say they have already been asked to install a monitoring application on their computer equipment. And the statistics are clear and most Portuguese (84%) guarantee that they would confront their partner if they found out they were being monitored.

However, 15% of the participants revealed having already been a victim of some form of violence or abuse by their partner. This is because, in this sense, digital monitoring can also be considered a way to exert control in intimate and interpersonal relationships and, therefore, labeled as a form of abuse.

Beware of technologies 

There are tools that collect your personal data, without your consent and in real time. And no, it doesn’t happen “only to others”, since Portugal is the 12th country in the European Union to have more users affected by stalkerware -i.e., digital tools capable of reading and knowing, in real time, the communications, physical movements and online activity of the targeted person.

Not to mention that, in Portugal, there are those who are not aware of the existence of tools that collect private data and in real time. For Vanessa Gonzalez, communications director at Kaspersky Iberia, the research in question

leaves no room for doubt. “The conclusions of our study demonstrate how these tools and platforms, and the phenomenon of stalkerware in general, are unknown to much of society, demonstrating the importance and urgency of making individuals aware of these issues, making them aware of the dangers and sharing ways of keeping themselves safe,” reads the same publication.

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