The change was announced this week as part of an upcoming policy update Google Ads, which will take effect next month, from August 11, 2020.
Examples of products and services that advertisers can no longer promote through it Google Ads include:
- Spyware and technology used to closely monitor affiliates, such as software that can be used to track text, phone calls, or browsing history.
- Commercially available GPS trackers specifically for spying or tracking someone without their consent.
- Promotion of commercially available surveillance equipment (cameras, sound recorders, cameras, baby cameras) for surveillance purposes.
OR Google stated that private research services or products designed for parents to watch or their minor children will not be banned under this new policy and will still be allowed to advertise on its platform.
The offenders they promote stalkerware will receive a seven-day notice, after which they will have problems if they do not remove the ads.
After improving their products, the anti-virus companies set up the "Coalition Against StalkerwareIn November 2019, as the first global initiative of its kind, to raise awareness of the growing threat of stalkerware.
For those who do not know the term, the stalkerware is a form of malware that is part of the larger category of spyware.
Its use Stalkerware has increased over the last decade due to the proliferation of smartphones, as it allows jealous associates to constantly monitor other people's phones.