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  • As anyone who has ever had to stay late on a school night can attest, the prospect of missing an important call with your child's teacher can be heartbreaking. Just ask the parents in the small town of Conyers, who were shocked when they learned that an app on their children's smartphones was helping their churches spy on them. A new breed of app that is being used by churches and Christian organisations to monitor the activity of their congregants has been discovered. The apps, which are marketed as being able to send prayers to users, are actually fairly sinister.

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