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If i bought my own phone are my parents allowed to install monitoring software on it?

I bought my own droid and pay for my own service every month while working a job. It's $80 a month. I am 16 years old and my parents took my phone away from me to install "Spectorsoft" on it. It monitors my location, what sites I go to, what apps I use, and ALL of my text messages. I am wondering since I pay for everything on the phone is it legal for them to do that? And if it IS in fact legal give me an opinion on if you think it's an invasion of privacy that they did this,

Asked By: Nick - 2/12/2012
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As a minor, you do not have many rights. The phone and your wages are legally under their control. The contract you signed with the service provider, unless your parents co-signed, is probably voidable, meaning that either party may cancel it.
Answered By: LovesTheConstitution - 2/12/2012
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yeah they can, bummer i know, but i bet of your good with everything for about a month they might become a little more understanding and turn it off, good luck.
Answered By: ? - 2/12/2012
 
It's totally legal. If you're under 18 then your parents are responsible for you, and they're paying for it. They might allow you to have a job and have some spending money as an exercise in responsibility, but if you look at all the other things you're NOT paying for (rent, food, clothes, internet, etc) they're really... More
Answered By: Dr. Snark - 2/12/2012
 
You have two conflicting issues here - one is your rights to the phone that you pay for, and the other is the fact that you are a minor under the control of your parents... More
Answered By: halfstone - 2/12/2012
 
do what i did buy your phone in secret.... they will eventually find out... but my parents didnt really pay much attention either. I pierced my lip and it took them a week to notice. And they drove me to school... More
Answered By: ? - 2/12/2012
 
As a MINOR... More
Answered By: wendy c - 2/12/2012
 
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