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Proprietary Surveillance

Other examples of proprietary malware


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.

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Spyware in Operating Systems


Spyware in Windows


Microsoft's snooping on users did not start with Windows 10. There's a lot more Microsoft malware.

Spyware in MacOS


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

Spyware in Android


Spyware on Mobiles


Spyware in iThings


Spyware in Telephones


Spyware in Mobile Applications


Spyware in Games


Spyware in Toys


Spyware at Work


Spyware in Skype


Spyware on The Road


Spyware in e-Readers


Spyware in Vehicles


Spyware at Home


Spyware in TV Sets


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


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


Javascript code is another method of “fingerprinting” devices.

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