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What's being sent.. is sent in plaintext
Authored by: onan on Jan 14, '06 11:01:56PM
I don't agree that this counts a "spyware" because it is not watching anything *else* I'm doing.
That's not related to most definitions of spyware, I would say for good reason. It's still sending your information to a remote entity without your knowledge or consent. The fact that that information is then used to fuel spam aimed at you is also not part of the definition of spyware, but certainly consistent with most common types of it.

It's also important to note that the string that was so readily visible to you is also visible to anyone with access to your network, or any part of the internet logically between you and Apple. I would imagine that the RIAA would find it worthwhile to pay off ISPs for access to these records, in order to search for any activity that they would deem suspicious. Apple's indiscretion has made it possible for your ISP (or your ISP's ISP, or Apple's ISP) to choose to accept money in exchange for divulging information about you that Apple wrongly exposed.

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