Dude, you couldn't be more wrong, but let's consult several renowned dictionaries to get an official definition, shall we?spyware_watchdog wrote:Spyware isn't spyware because of the intents of the developer.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition:
n. Software that secretly gathers information about a person or organization.
n. Any malicious software that is designed to take partial or full control of a computer's operation without the knowledge of its user.
n. programs that surreptitiously monitor and report the actions of a computer user.
from WordNet 3.0:
n. computer software that obtains information from a user's computer without the user's knowledge or consent
n. software that is installed in a computer without the user's knowledge and transmits information about the user's computer activities over the Internet
All of these definitions agree on the malicious nature of the software, i.e. the intentions with which the software was created.
Please point me to the location or locations in our source code where normal use (i.e. browsing websites) discloses user information to the author (us).spyware_watchdog wrote:When normal use involves disclosing user information to the author, it is spyware.