Friday September 02nd 2005, 11:58 am
Filed under: Government
From PC World:
The creator of Loverspy, software to surreptitiously observe individuals’ online activities, has been indicted for allegedly violating U.S. federal computer privacy laws.
If convicted, Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara, could face a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison and fines of up to $8.75 million. His current whereabouts are unknown.
Four individuals who purchased Loverspy to illegally spy on others were also indicted.
“This federal indictment–one of the first in the country to target a manufacturer of “spyware” computer software–is particularly important because of the damage done to people’s privacy by these insidious programs,” John Richter, acting assistant attorney general of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, said in a statement. “Law enforcement must continue to take action against the manufacturers of these programs to protect unsuspecting victims and seek punishment for those responsible for wreaking havoc online.”
If there is one thing the Justice Dept can’t stand, it’s people tracking each others online activities.
Unless they’re the ones doing it.
Then no “probable cause” of a crime is even needed under the Patriot Act.