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U.S. House subcommittee approves spyware bill

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#1 mr bones

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Posted 18 June 2004 - 02:02 PM


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Posted 18 June 2004 - 02:11 PM

I don't know whether to be pleased or not.

I'm glad Congress is willing to outlaw spyware, but Bono's bill would make a bad law. It defines spyware (badly) then regulates its own definition. It leaves out some of the worst offenders. It also preempts similar laws by the individual states.

I much prefer the Senate's SPYBLOCK Act.
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Posted 18 June 2004 - 06:50 PM


US House Panel Approves Bill to Combat Spyware
- http://www.reuters.c...storyID=5450466
June 17, 2004
(A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee has approved a bill that would require spyware providers to alert users before installing new softwares onto their machines and to make spyware easily removable. The bill would also authorize the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to levy millions in fines for keystroke logging and identity theft. The FTC has objected to the bill, saying it already has the laws necessary to address spyware, and that the new law may also affect legitimate software based on similar technology. The bill's backers say it has been modified to address such concerns. Representative Cliff Stearns (R-Florida), chair of the subcommittee, says the aim of the bill is to outlaw the most egregious spyware practices while protecting legitimate uses.)

Legitimate uses? Of spyware? Only politicians could come up with an answer like that!
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Posted 20 June 2004 - 03:08 PM

grease there palms they will pass what ever you want! :evilgrin:
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Posted 20 June 2004 - 09:35 PM

This initial approval does little to impress me. I'm no conspiracy theorist, but I suspect some of the larger software developers with the funds to do so have "influenced" the situation. Of course, politicians tend to have a narrow focus and be generally ignorant on many of the issues they make decisions on.

It's kinda like the issue of global warming. A handful of groups have been assigned to "determine" if this very real problem is genuine, and have reported to D.C. that yes, it is an issue that should be a concern. However, that isn't the answer that the folks they report to want to hear, so they send out another team to do the same study all over again, hoping for a different answer (which won't come).

It will be similar here, I suspect. Many people still scoff at the notion of a firewall or antivirus software. Spyware? What's that? Sad, that's what.

The Act Mike mentioned above is SPYBLOCK Act, S. 2145, so anyone that reads this please take the time either to mention it to others or contact your Senators, as well. When the people speak loud enough, closed doors and windows are no longer effective.

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