Wired: Getting Snooped On? Too Bad

“You say you don’t like browser cookies? You’re not quite sure
if that program you download from the Net is revealing more about
you than it should?”

Well, here’s something to make you really nervous: In the
United States, it may be illegal to disable software that snoops on

“The folks who came up with this idea turn out to be the large
corporations that helped to draft the Digital Millennium Copyright
Act (DMCA), which restricts some forms of tampering with copyright
protection devices.”

“In some cases, that means you won’t be able to turn off any
surveillance features it might include, according to participants
in a Thursday afternoon panel at the Computers, Freedom and Privacy