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What spyware is isn't the problem

So what is spyware?

Seems simple, but in fact it¹s not. Is a website cookie that records your password so that you don¹t have to log on every time spyware? What if it also tracks your movements? This is the kind of philosophical debate techies love - and it looks set to run and run.

But it misses the point. It doesn¹t really matter. What matters is that you the user get to know exactly what is being installed, what it will do and how to get rid of it.
But that¹s never going to happen. If it did then the legitimate spyware industry would collapse, because no one really wants to be spied on.

October 29, 2005 | Permalink


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