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Proprietary Surveillance

Other examples of proprietary malware

Introduction

For decades, the Free Software movement has been denouncing the abusive surveillance machine of proprietary software companies such as Microsoft and Apple. In the recent years, this tendency to watch people has spread across industries, not only in the software business, but also in the hardware. Moreover, it also spread dramatically away from the keyboard, in the mobile computing industry, in the office, at home, in transportation systems, and in the classroom.

This document attempts to track clearly established cases of proprietary software that spies on or track users.

Latest additions

Latest additions are found on top under each category.

Spyware in Operating Systems

(#OSSpyware)

Spyware in Windows

(#SpywareInWindows)

There's a lot more Microsoft malware.

Spyware in MacOS

(#SpywareInMacOS)

There's a lot more iThing spyware, and Apple malware.

Spyware in Android

(#SpywareInAndroid)

Spyware on Mobiles

(#SpywareOnMobiles)

Spyware in iThings

(#SpywareIniThings)

Spyware in Telephones

(#SpywareInTelephones)

Spyware in Mobile Applications

(#SpywareInMobileApps)

Spyware in Games

(#SpywareInGames)

Spyware at Work

(#SpywareAtWork)

Spyware in Skype

(#SpywareInSkype)

Spyware on The Road

(#SpywareOnTheRoad)

Spyware in e-Readers

(#SpywareInElectronicReaders)

Spyware in Vehicles

(#SpywareInVehicles)

Spyware at Home

(#SpywareAtHome)

Spyware in TV Sets

(#SpywareInTVSets)
Emo Phillips made a joke: The other day a woman came up to me and said, “Didn't I see you on television?” I said, “I don't know. You can't see out the other way.” Evidently that was before Amazon “smart” TVs.

Spyware on the Web

(#SpywareOnTheWeb)

In addition, many web sites spy on their visitors. Web sites are not programs, so it makes no sense to call them “free” or “proprietary”, but the surveillance is an abuse all the same.

Spyware in Flash

(#SpywareInFlash)

Javascript code is another method of “fingerprinting” devices.

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