Friday, 11 January 2013

Are spy software and key loggers legal?

Is spy software like redpill Spy legal?

YES! The software itself is not illegal. It is however possible to use the software in an illegal manner.

In most countries it would be illegal to install spy software on a computer you do not own. In some countries you would also be required to inform your employees if you are going to monitor their computers. There are obviously exceptions to these rules and would depend on the specifics of the case.

Examples of where it would (normally) be legal:
  • If you want to monitor your employees working on your computers.
  • If you want to monitor your children to protect them from the dangers of the internet.
  • If you install it on you home computer even if you are not the only one using the computer.
  • If you are doing official penetration testing for a company.

Examples where it would usually be illegal:
  • It would be illegal if you install spy software at an internet café with the purpose of stealing credit card or other personal information.
  • If you remotely install spy software on a computer at a company with the purpose of committing industrial espionage.

Please always respect people’s privacy and do not use redpill software illegally.

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