Germany confesses to spying on citizens' computers
German officials have admitted to using computer spyware on citizens -- sparking a public outcry over government surveillance. In addition to monitoring Skype calls and recording keystrokes to monitor e-mail and instant messaging communications, the program can take screenshots and activate a computers microphone and webcam to allow someone to remotely spy on activities in a room. German officials say theyve only used the program within the legal bounds established under a 2008 law.
■Class discussion: Authorities say they need to track criminal and terror suspects. But, is turning someone's computer into a spying machine going too far? Do you feel safe using your computer? How much privacy are you willing to give up to fight crime and terrorism? Take a look at the debate on the Internet over online privacy issues and decide where you stand.