China backs off on mandatory spyware

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8 Responses to “China backs off on mandatory spyware”

  1. JamesStrocel says:

    I never thought I’d hear the words “Caved to public pressure” and “Chinese Government” in the same sentence. Cool stuff.

  2. Pantograph says:

    @ #7 and also they were always at war with Eurasia.

  3. eagleapex says:

    They backed of so slightly. The majority of new PC buyers won’t uninstall the spyware. It’s like a government sponsored botnet waiting to happen.

  4. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Apparently Green Dam uses code stolen from CyberSitter. I wonder if the foofaraw over that has anything to do with their change of heart.

  5. nutbastard says:

    Likely conclusion: The Chinese government will now look specifically for people who have elected to remove it, and will specifically target them for electronic surveillance, perceiving their choice to remove it as an indication of illegal or immoral activity.

    So don’t go suckin em off just yet, folks.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Actually, this article is inaccurate. The Chinese government does not back down on anything. What they SAID in the China Daily was that people had “misunderstood” their initial policy, and that it would not come pre-installed, but rather, that the installation files would be made available on the PC’s hard drive. It most likely will not come pre-installed.

    The government has already realized that they’ve screwed up bad on this one. Since the software contains stolen code, PC manufacturers exporting to China from countries that actually respect IP law are considering cutting off exports, since installing and exporting stolen software is illegal in most countries.

  7. angusm says:

    The spyware/censorware will ship with the computers. It’ll be up to users to remove it. Many won’t know how or won’t bother. Morevoer, there’ve been reports that the uninstaller for Green Dam simply removes the UI, leaving the core services of the program intact.

    This doesn’t change much.

  8. Takuan says:

    good, let them flounder with idiocies. They will miss the real action that way.

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