Thursday, June 6, 2013

Spain - Law to Install Spyware Being Drafted

Spain pushing for right to install government spyware on citizens' devices...

Spanish daily El PaĆ­s reported on Tuesday that the bill, drawn up by the ministry of justice, is still in its draft phase. But should it be passed into law, police authorities would have the power to install spyware on computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones and even USBs and external hard drives in order to harvest personal information about the owner.

The bill states that targets would have to be suspected of terrorism, organized crime, child pornography, online fraud or cyber-bullying offenses carrying a minimum sentence of three years for the use of spyware to be authorized. The spyware would be installed remotely, the report said, and the target machine would have to be physically located in Spain. (more)

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