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Policeware is software designed to police citizens by monitoring discussion and interaction of its citizens. Within the US, Carnivore was a first incarnation of secretly-installed keylogging software installed on machines, servers and ISPs.
A new incarnation is the CBDTPA for "Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act", which is a bill proposed in Congress by Senators Fritz Hollings (D-SC) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), along with Senators Daniel Inouye (D-HI), John Breaux (D-LA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). The CBDTPA was originally known as the "SSSCA" while in draft form.
The law would force all new personal computers and digital home entertainment devices sold in the United States to have government-approved "policeware" built in. This policeware would restrict usage of copyrighted material on these devices — including music files and CDs, video clips, DVDs, e-books, and more.
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