The fascination that has created in some journalists specialized in technology the fact that thousands of people have installed on their phones the Tsunami Democràtic app hides the recklessness that this act implies. The app is downloaded outside the official Google app market for Android phones. For the iPhone, it doesn’t even exist. And there are several reasons for that.
This absence in apple mobiles is not justified only by the fact that the author of the software has to be identified and Tsunami Democràtic, for obvious reasons, intends to remain anonymous. There is much more.
Using computer servers abroad is a golden rule for those who cannot justify their legality.
Tsunami Democràtic software would not have passed several of the tests that Google and Apple undergo each new program before giving their authorization.
Software engineers who have been able to examine the application have found that, the Tsunami Democràtic app, when installed, access user permissions of all kinds. The most important is the location.
The application detects the geographical position of the mobile through the mobile cell to which it connects – the operator’s antenna – and also uses GPS, to obtain an accuracy of only a few meters.
Each time the app is opened, without the user knowing, Tsunami Democrátic checks that the mobile is not in a blacklist of its own. If it is, the app can be blocked.
The application tracks the activity of the user with his mobile to know if he goes to certain scheduled events or if he does not go, and also from where he connects.
This information helps the app to create a profile of each user. When you are a suspect (for example, being a police officer), you can be blocked.
Experts consulted have indications that some of these suspicious profiles are not blocked, but false information is sent to them.
These and other intrusions in the private information of who installs the app also violate the strict European data protection legislation. Tsunami Democràtic cannot be in official app markets because it does not pass the cotton test of privacy.
Luckily for their promoters, computer experts, there are many thousands of people who trust them blindly. You just have to tell them where and when you have to go for people to come, without considering how they control them, and without those who run them risk even a tab.
So far, Tsunami Democrátic, despite its name, has relied on little transparent tactics. The use of servers abroad is one of the first golden rules of those who cannot justify the legality of what they promote. Yes: trying to stop the activity of an airport, among other occurrences, is illegal as well as dangerous.
The Catalan government has also turned to computer servers abroad to create the so-called digital Republic, with its own identity record. Now, a royal decree law will force public administrations to ensure that all servers they use are located in the European Union. The cunning stays for anonymous platforms.