Spyware affects businesses as well as individuals. Spyware can expose a company's confidential information, slow down computers and networks, and destroy data. Employees lose efficiency while waiting for IT staff to fix the various problems caused by spyware, which increases costs. Accordingly, spyware is not just a minor annoyance suffered by individual Internet users; rather, it harms American businesses and the economy as well.
Laura L. Edwards, Oh, What a Tangled World Wide Web We Weave: An Analysis of Washington's Computer Spyware Act in a National Context, 31 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 645 (2008).