Privacy-invasive software - Definition from the Hotspot Shield Glossary

This kind of software is used to actively invade a user’s privacy and either collect personal information, steal sensitive data such as passwords, or simply conduct marketing research.

The main premise of Privacy-invasive software is that the user is unaware what the software is doing, and has no idea that their personal information is being monitored or used. These types of program will be installed on a user’s device unwittingly - The user might think it is a perfectly harmless program, but once installed it will start tracking activity in the background. Malware and Spyware are the most notable versions of Privacy-invasive software and are generally used for illicit purposes.