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ONLINE SPYING
From: David Farber <farber () central cis upenn edu>
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 1995 16:30:32 -0500

From Edupage:

    ONLINE SPYING
    While you're connected to your favorite Web page, it's also connected
    to you, and could be copying all sorts of information off your hard
    drive, say industry experts. In fact, it happened last year when
    Central Point Software used registration software developed by
    Pipeline Communications, and inadvertently also gathered descriptions
    of the users' systems -- the type of microprocessor, the version of
    DOS and Windows, the type of display and mouse, and the amount of free
    space available on the hard drive. Customers squawked, and Central
    Point had Pipeline change the software. However, Pipeline reports that
    at least one of its clients is using the scanning feature now -- but
    only after getting the owner's permission. The lesson? "If you can't
    trust it, don't connect to it." (Forbes 2/13/95 p.186)



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