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Sunday 22 October 2017

Remember, no app in the world is going to stop a person cheating

As kids, we've all imagined what it would be like to pull on a cloak of invisibility and spy on people that we know, without them ever having a clue that they're under surveillance.

What do our friends and family get up to when we're not around to keep a watchful eye on them? Is their behaviour exactly the same or do they change beyond recognition when our backs are turned?

These days, you don't need a fantasy superpower to find this out - you just need to download the new mCouple app. This app allows you to monitor someone's calls, texts, emails and any Facebook activity. It also reveals if there has been any Skype interaction and if pictures or videos have been taken on a device.

The app will probably be a godsend for those couples who are so sickeningly loved-up that they can't bear to be apart for even a second.

You know the types - they share Twitter accounts, call each other soul-mates and are seemingly incapable of holding a conversation with you without referencing their beloved. For these besotted twosomes, the app will likely act as a virtual extension of their relationship. It will be another way to prove to the world - and perhaps to each other - that they're simply perfect together.

But the app has more than one use, and more than one type of user. Some parents reportedly use it to monitor their wayward children, and worryingly there are employers who even use it to keep tabs on their employees. But its most popular use is, probably unsurprisingly, to sneakily spy on cheating lovers. Naturally its creators, London-based firm MSpy, are keen to point out that users must gain consent before downloading the app on to another person's phone.

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But the fact remains that if you're worried that your partner is being unfaithful then this app could go a long way towards helping you to prove it. With it, there's no need to go through your man's (or woman's) pockets for illicit receipts or employ a private detective to do your dirty work, like you had to in the good old days. All you have to do is surreptitiously download it onto his phone and Bob's your uncle - you can track him like a criminal out on day release. You can avail of handy GPS technology to monitor his exact movements during the day, just to make sure he is where he says he is. What's more, you can even listen in on his phone calls if you have a mind to.

All of this is morally suspect of course, but then if you're on a mission to prove that your other half is a low-down cheat then these small technicalities aren't going to stop you, even if what you're doing does constitute a gross breach of his privacy and breaks every relationship rule about trust.

It makes me wonder what's next. Maybe the very concept of privacy is about to disappear once and for all. Will we soon be able to plug a device into our partner's brains to find out exactly what they're thinking, perhaps? I can't even imagine the trouble that would cause because we've all had fleeting murderous thoughts about our spouses on occasion, thoughts we certainly wouldn't want them to know about.

The truth of the matter is that if you need to know exactly where your partner is, who he's talking to and what he's thinking every second of the day then you're not his spouse, you're his stalker. If the trust is gone, call it quits and move on because knowing your other half's every movement is no guarantee of fidelity.

If a love rat really wants to cheat on you then he will find a way - and no app in the world will ever stop him.

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