It seems that we now have an official definition of spyware:
spyware is deceptive software that is installed on a user’s computer without the user’s consent and has some malicious purpose.
Well, thanks, Bill! I’ll sleep so much better knowing that if I knew it was going on (regardless of knowing its real capabilities) or the author didn’t really regard his program’s intent as malicious and/or deceptive in any way, I won’t be running spyware... hmm... I guess that explains so much of the “non-”spyware I see clinging to ’Doze machines.
Goodness me! Some people even have the gall to carp on about FOSS and trustworthiness! Aiy-aiy-aiiiiy!