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data miner

Something that extracts or gathers data from a computer. "Spyware" is a malicious type of data miner. IT is going to use a data miner to get us that information. I bet Ben put a data miner on my computer to spy on me!
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spyware

Malicious software designed to surreptitiously record and transmit a computer user's private information to someone or something. The judge ruled that the tech company was installing spyware by virtue of the fact that users were at no point warned that their information was being collected. I've only ever downloaded a movie illegally once, and I ended up with such nasty spyware as a result that I never did it again.

the plural of anecdote is not data

You cannot use anecdotal evidence in lieu of well researched scientific data. A: "I mean, you can tell just by reading people's experiences on Spacebook that this legislation isn't working." B: "Come on, Spacebook stories are hardly the standard by which this legislation's success or failure should be measured. The plural of anecdote is not data, after all."
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spyware

and data miner
n. a kind of malicious software that gathers private information from a personal computer and sends it to another computer. I have a little program that roots out spyware from my computer. It found a data miner lurking among my digital images.

data miner

verb
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