The Minnesota GOP this week sent out spyware in the guise of hundreds of DVDs pushing for a anti-gay amendment. State Republican Chairman Ron Carey said the party's statewide mailing was to target districts of DFL senators. What he neglected to tell the press was that the DVD's also collects personal information and sends it to an unsecure website.
According to Wikipedia, spyware refers to malicious software that performs certain tasks on your computer, typically without appropriately obtaining your consent. Typical tactics include delivery of unsolicited pop-up advertisements; theft of personal information (including financial information such as credit card numbers); monitoring of Web-browsing activity for marketing purposes; or routing of HTTP requests to advertising sites.
Why doesn't it surprise me that instead of dealing with the issues that concern working American and their families like health care for children, protecting the environment, quality work standards, civil rights, civil liberties, fiscal responsibility...and yet the GOP continues to spend time trying to resurrect wedge issues with outside interest money. It goes to show how morally bankrupt the GOP have become to avoid real issues while putting spyware onto DVDs to collect personal information.