A controversial new app called Chatwatch can tell your friends or your partner whenever you login to WhatsApp and who you have been chatting too.
To make matters worse, there isn’t anything you can do to stop it as it harvests this information for data made publicly available on WhatsApp.
The app works by taking advantage of WhatsApp’s public online/offline feature, which tells your friends when you were last active on the popular chat app.
ChatWatch is available on Android and can also tell how often friends check the app and even estimates what time they go to bed and wake up.
It also combines data from two of your WhatsApp contacts to figure out if they have been talking to each other, LifeHacker reported.
And if that wasn’t invasive enough users can pay to spy on up to 10 other users at a time in order to keep tabs on when they have been using WhatsApp and who they have been chatting to.
“Find out when they went to bed, how long they slept, even compare chat patterns between people you know, and we will tell you the probability of them talking to each other during the day, using artificial intelligence,” reads the app’s website.
ChatWatch was available on iOS but was removed from the App Store by Apple.
“For reasons unknown to us, Apple has suspended our app from the app store. We are working on a web version to launch tomorrow the latest, and appealing the decision with Apple. Please enter your email to receive notification for the web version and a discount,” read a message on the ChatWatch website.
We haven’t tried ChatWatch and we suggest you don’t either.
Use this as another reminder that just because an app is available to download from the Google Play Store it is no guarantee that it is legit!