Spyware for Freeware
Robin Good has a nice piece on the dangers of the dangers of using the p2p iMesh software which is now bundling Marketscore too. However, Marketscore is spyware – designed to grab your vital stats such as your credit transactions to enable this valuable data can be sold on. The thing which really stung me about the article, however, was that when Universities in the US started to ban the use of iMesh because of the danger of exposing their servers the students complained. They saw little problem in exchanging their data for what was essentially a good piece of software. Trading data as revenue model for servicing broke folk?