While keyloggers are frequently used for malicious purposes, they remain widely available because their 'designed purpose' is legitimate and legal. They are designed for parents to monitor kids, companies to monitor employees, etc, which is, for the most part, completely legal. As long as they don't design the software specifically for the committal of a crime they're fine...they don't even technically have to include the clause that you agree to use their software legally, though it does help to indemnify them.
It's the same way with P2P software. The latest studies show that over 90% of all 'shared' files are illegal (be it pirated software/music, software/files to facilitate piracy, or confidential documents), yet the services remain open. Why? They have a designed purpose that is legal and contributes to the greater good. However, they are starting to crack down, making the networks responsible for the content that's 'shared.'
Perhaps over time regulations over the availability of keyloggers will be created, but I doubt it. It's taken years for them to begin to crack down on P2P, and that's something that costs major corporations and influential people millions of dollars per year. Something that affects the average person and can be prevented through the use of antispyware software simply won't garner the attention or regulation.
Now here's a question that might be of a problem to this website: Are Keylogger softwares really a good idea? Now, some of you might not agree with me, but people have been known to be hacked and have their personal information taken because of these malicious softwares. I've been wondering if these people do have the permission to use these softwares, like a permit or some sort. For those who use these softwares should beware of the penalty of using such a software. Now, all im saying is that it's an invasion of privacy and not right to invade one's personal information without one's consent. There were a number of my friends that were hacked because of these softwares and i wish to help make it safer for these people to use these softwares in a manner that is appropriate for bussiness and families (for those who have kids). I need to know why is such a software that malicious is so easy to download without some sort of permit or the consent of a high authority of the company or law enforcers?