Will Security Firms Detect Police Spyware?

A recent appeals court case dealt with Drug Enforcement Administration agents using a key logger to investigate a suspect using PGP and Hushmail. That invites the obvious question: Will security companies ever intentionally overlook police spyware? There were somewhat-muddled reports in 2001 that Symantec and McAfee would do just that, so over at News.com we figured we’d do a survey of the top 13 security firms. We asked them if it is their policy to detect policeware. Notably, Check Point said it would afford law enforcement the courtesy of whitelisting if requested. We’ve also posted the full results, with the companies’ complete answers. Another question we asked is if they have ever received a court order requiring them to overlook police key loggers or spyware. Symantec, IBM, Kaspersky, and others said no. Only Microsoft and McAfee refused to answer — via Slashdot

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