EFF Coins New Term ("Traitorware") to Describe Latest Apple Patent

Paul Lilly

You've undoubtedly heard of the so-called "Apple tax," a not-so-affectionate term used to describe Apple's comparatively inflated prices for PC parts, but "traitorware" is a new one on us.

That's the term the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) made up in response to Apple's patent for "Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device." In light of the recent jailbreak legislation, Apple seems intent on slamming the door shut on unauthorized iOS users.

"This patent is downright creepy and invasive -- certainly far more than would be needed to respond to the possible loss of a phone," the EFF said in a blog post. "Spyware, and its new cousin traitorware, will hurt customers and companies alike -- Apple should shelve this idea before it backfires on both it and its customers."

The EFF takes serious exception to Apple's decision "to identify and punish users who take advantage" of new jailbreaking and unlocking exemptions, claiming Apple's patent "does nothing short of providing a roadmap for how Apple can -- and presumably will -- spy on its customers and control the way its customers use Apple products."

Read all of what the EFF had to say here .

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