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ComScore: Spyware or 'researchware'?

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#1 KoanYorel


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Posted 20 December 2004 - 06:48 PM

A battle has broken out over the proper definition of "spyware," pitting a Net research provider against critics who see little difference between its software and illicit Programs that record personal data without consent.Published: December 20, 2004, 4:00 AM PST By Stefanie Olsen Staff Writer, CNET News.com ComScore Networks' Marketscore application is installed on more than 1 million PCs in the United States, forming the backbone of a well-regarded research service used by Fortune 500 companies, universities and media outlets, including CNET News.com. Now the software is in the privacy spotlight, tied to warnings from some universities and computer security experts about secretive and invasive software, sometimes known as adware or spyware, that can take over a PC with little or no warning.
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