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Thursday, June 17, 2004

Oi!, Spy....

Computerworld reports:
A U.S. House subcommittee has approved a spyware bill that would allow fines up to $3 million for collecting personal information, diverting browsers and delivering some pop-up advertisements to computer users without their consent.

The Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act (SPY ACT), which bears little resemblance to the bill it replaced, would also require software that collects the personal information of computer users to notify the users of its installation, get the users' consent before installation and provide users with easy uninstall options. [LINK]
I'm sure they're quite confident that all of the software writers out there will immediately kowtow to the wisdom of the Congress and slavishly comply with the law, but in the meantime we out here in the real world can continue to contemplate the benefits of porcine aviation...

The BTW Dep't.: Is there some really obscure U.S. regulation floating around out there that requires legislation to bear wierd titles that result in spiffy (if ludicrous) acronyms? I mean SPY ACT Act sounds like a bad Tim Burton movie starring Jackie Chan...