Logic Lounge

Eva Galperin, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Where Do We Go From Here? Spouseware and Stalkerware

Abstract: This talk will discuss the problems brought up by commercially-available spouseware and stalkerware. We will begin with an analysis of the most popular products sold for the purpose of spying on a partner’s mobile devices (iOS and Adroid) and desktop. We will discuss the impact of the spouseware/stalkerware industry on domestic abuse cases as well as the links between these relatively inexpensive products and the products sold to nation-states. Last of all, we will discuss the possible technical, policy, and legal mitigations against the proliferation and use of these tools.

Bio: Eva Galperin is EFF’s Director of Cybersecurity and the head of EFF’s Threat Lab. Prior to 2007, when she came to work for EFF, Eva worked in security and IT in Silicon Valley and earned degrees in Political Science and International Relations from SFSU. Her work is primarily focused on providing privacy and security for vulnerable populations around the world. To that end, she has applied the combination of her political science and technical background to everything from organizing EFF’s Tor Relay Challenge, to writing privacy and security training materials (including Surveillance Self Defense, the Security Education Companion, and the Digital First Aid Kit), and publishing research on malware in Syria, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, and Lebanon. Most recently, she has set her sights on eliminating the tools that domestic abusers use for surveillance of their partners.