Coddling Spies: Why the Law Doesn’t Adequately Address Computer Spyware
June 14, 2006
By Daniel B. Garrie and Others
Consumers and businesses have attempted to use the common law of torts as well as federal statutes like the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Stored Wire and Electronic Communications and Transactional Records Act, and the Wiretap Act to address the expanding problem of spyware. Spyware, which consists of software applications inserted into another’s computer to report a user’s activity to an outsider, can be as basic as tracking purchases or as malicious as stealing trade secrets or an individual’s identity.
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