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From the online mail bag
In response to online story, Amero will not face new trial in teacher porn case:

Read your article today. It was good, though I wish you discussed the malicious intent of the prosecutor and police officer. I found it disturbing how the computer was analyzed after I was convicted, but both wanted their pound of flesh – that being my teaching certificate. What they have done to me is a travesty and an injustice. Not letting Herb Horner present the evidence in court was the beginning of the end. They were malicious and over zealous.

The Meriden [Conn.] crime lab got the computer after I was convicted, and that was left out as well. Every teacher should be afraid if they have a computer in their classroom. No one is safe, and my outcome proves that. The world lost a good teacher, me.
Julie Amero, Windham, Conn.

An online story of Nov. 17, Keylogger spyware ordered off the market, received a number of responses:

Hmm. Seems a bit arbitrary. Cyber Spy is illegal, but SpectorSoft is allowed to operate? What really galls me about Spector is that all the leading anti-virus and anti-spyware vendors are somehow impelled not to allow their product to detect Spector and company.
   
I understand the need for this sort of product, but the cowardice of the AV vendors and/or the legal bullying of the vendors is regrettable. And I'm not sure what to make of the fact that Cyber Spy gets killed while Spector thrives.
Phil

I was thinking the same thing until I finished reading the article. I completely agree with the ruling. The big difference between these two apps is what they are marketed for. SpectorSoft is marketed to home users and small buinesses that want to monitor activities on their computers. CyberSpy was marketed to be installed on someone else's computer. If you own the computer you can put whatever keylogger you want on it. But once you start installing keyloggers on other people's computers, without their explicit consent, you cross the line into criminality.
Mike



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