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2022

What are “dual-use” apps?

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Abusers in the context of intimate partner violence (IPV) misuse various technologies to surveil and harass their victims. Some of these technologies include mobile apps and Smart Home devices. Recently, anti-virus apps have improved their detection of stalkerware, a term that refers to spyware apps used in IPV. Nevertheless, there are other types of apps of concern for IPV survivors: dual-use apps (i.e., apps that have a legitimate purpose like Google Maps that have features such as location sharing that could be abused by someone to monitor others).

Thoughts on iOS Safety Check

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Apple announced a new feature for iPhones called Safety Check. This feature will be useful for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) as it can allow them to stop sharing their location with anyone, including an abusive partner. This video shows how to find and use Safety Check on an iPhone. It is important to keep in mind that Safety Check will be available worldwide with the launch of iOS 16 around September 2022.