Accountability software, or Internet accountability software, is software which monitors and reports Internet usage, in order to incentivize the avoidance of any content deemed objectionable. Accountability software may monitor all Internet use on a personal computer, or Internet use by a specific user on a computer. These software applications then generate reports of Internet use viewable by a third party, sometimes called an accountability partner. They sometimes also double as content-control software.
"Internet accountability" is a term used to describe a commitment to refrain from using Internet pornography. To try to avoid pornography use, some individuals install accountability software and filtering software on their own computers, smartphones, and tablets. Others install these services on their children's computers and devices.
The largest users of accountability software are religious groups and families.
Most accountability software costs money to use, but there are free options, including Net Responsibility (for Mac OS and Linux) and the free version of X3watch (for Windows and Mac OS). A 2011 Swinburne University report discusses some commercial options for computers, including Safe Eyes and Covenant Eyes. Covenant Eyes, one of the largest for-profit companies marketing accountability software, made roughly US $4 million in 2008, from around 56,000 subscriptions.
These tools are especially popular with religious groups and families.