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Google Bans SMS Text Spying App From Android

An Android developer has created an application that can secretly forward text messages to another number, opening the door on surveillance of what someone you know is really up to.

In fact, the developer makes it no secret what the target user of Secret SMS Replicator might do with it. Check out the video below.

“This app is certainly controversial, but can be helpful to people in relationships where this type of monitoring can be useful,” said Zak Tanjeloff, CEO of the app's developer, DLP Mobile. “The app is unique because there is no visible icon or shortcut to access it, so once it’s installed, it will continue to monitor without revealing itself.”

The New York Times asked Tanjeloff there might be a version for the iPhone. Nope: “We can’t build it for the iPhone because it wouldn’t make it past the App Store approval process.”

There's no approval process required for the Android Market, so Secret SMS Replicator made it in – but only for a short time, as Google has now pulled the application for violation of the Android content policy.