Is Your OS Spying On You?

...There's this idea that you can use the Internet and stay anonymous, and while there are tools to help you do that, as long as you're connected to the network and are transferring data back and forth, then you're online just like everybody else.

When we purposely use the Internet, we understand the communication that we're becoming a part of, but when our software starts sending data out without our knowledge or confirmation, then this becomes a matter that could potentially cross the line. A number of software titles do transfer anonymous usage statistics back to the developers so that they can analyze trends and try to recommend things that will be of interest to you. Some consider this a complete invasion of privacy, but the idea from the other side is that they're able to deliver a better user experience by receiving these details. The whole spyware debacle has made it much harder to define what is and what isn't spyware, and there's definitely a couple of gray areas that could make a decision go either way. - Is Your OS Spying On You?

Linked by shanmuga Thursday, 3rd August 2006 1:44AM