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New spyware legislation a mixed bag

July 18, 2007

A comprehensive spyware bill recently cleared the House Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection (it flows trippingly from the tongue, no?) and is busy stirring up controversy...

Fred von Lohmann, a senior staff attorney for the EFF, said in a statement that "this is a terrible move" because "software and adware vendors are trying to quietly block consumer class actions that could target their misbehavior." The EFF believes, for instance, that it could not have brought suit against Sony BMG for the rootkit that was installed on many of the company's CDs if this law had been in place at the time. "If Congress is serious about enacting tough anti-spyware laws," von Lohmann continued, "it should create incentives that would encourage private citizens to pursue the bad guys."

Friday, April 27, 2007
Ars Technica
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