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Headlines Anti-Spyware Bill Passed

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http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=581&e=2&u=/nm/20041005/tc_nm/tech_spyware_dc

House Passes Tough Computer Anti-Spyware Bill

Tue Oct 5, 7:45 PM ET Technology - Reuters


By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to crack down on deceptive "spyware" that hides in users' computers and secretly monitors their activities.


By a vote of 399 to 1, the House moved to outlaw a range of aggressive advertising and surveillance activities that have outraged consumers over the past two years.


Spyware can sap computing power, crash machines and bury users under a blizzard of unwanted ads. It can capture passwords, credit-card numbers and other sensitive data.


Spyware can end up on users' computers when they become infected by a computer virus or download games or other free programs off the Internet.


Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton (news, bio, voting record) said computers used by his Energy and Commerce Committee were found to have been carrying roughly 60 different spyware programs.


The bill approved by the House would require software makers to get consumers' permission before loading programs on their machines that can collect information about them.


It would also prohibit a number of practices often associated with spyware, such as reprograming the start page on a user's Web browser, logging keystrokes to capture passwords and other sensitive data, and launching pop-up ads that can't be closed without shutting down the computer.


Violators could face millions of dollars in fines.


"I am confident we have drafted a bill that protects consumers without impeding the growth of technology," said California Republican Rep. Mary Bono (news, bio, voting record), the bill's sponsor.


Congress must settle minor differences with other anti-spyware bills before any of them can become law.


The House is expected to vote Wednesday on an anti-spyware bill backed by members of the Judiciary Committee (news - web sites) that would stipulate jail time for violators.


Negotiators did not have time to combine the two measures into one bill, a spokesman for the Judiciary Committee said.


Barton said at a press conference that House lawmakers would work to combine those two bills with one working its way through the Senate, hopefully by the time both Houses recess for the election at the end of the week.


The fact that the issue is relatively noncontroversial is a good sign, he said.


"Where there's a bipartisan will, we can do things," he said. (Additional reporting by Susan Cornwell)
this is definately a step in the right direction, although it doesn't address adware or other malware.
 

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dont get caught up in the hype. how do you guys think that they are going enforce that law?
 

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none of you are a bit worried that they didn't jump on it until it directly affected their offices? how stupid can they be if they let SIXTY DIFFERENT spyware programs pile up on their offices before they take notice?

~ dan ~
 

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dont get caught up in the hype. how do you guys think that they are going enforce that law?
open eyes, see bigger picture. just cutting out spyware from installable programs you download ( ie kazaa, download.com apps etc), makes a huge difference. hype lol, they finally make a step in the right direction and get criticized. it's definately not the end of spyware, but i'm sure it will do some good, especially since some legitimate (legally speaking atleast) companies were making money off spyware.

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none of you are a bit worried that they didn't jump on it until it directly affected their offices? how stupid can they be if they let SIXTY DIFFERENT spyware programs pile up on their offices before they take notice?

~ dan ~
i don't care why they passed the bill, it's passed and will help. i don't get spyware on my computer because i'm not a moron, but this is still good news. have you scanned for spyware lately? it's not to hard to get sixty different spyware apps, if you don't know how to protect yourself. i do agree that their IT team must've been asleep on this issue, though.
 

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Sweet!

I don't get Spyware... my family does. And fuckin' loads of it. But this is good to hear, I can stop scanning my computer every damn day if companies actually do take notice...
 

Jung

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keep in that this doesn't cover adware or other forms of malware. this bill only covers "data mining" spy-ware.
 

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its going to make it illigal right? child porn is iligal aswell isnt it you still see that everywhere its not going to change much
 

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I'm not sure about you, but I don't see Child Porn everywhere... maybe because I'm not looking for it :)

What I meant was, I can relax a little bit... it's good to hear.
 

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its going to make it illigal right? child porn is iligal aswell isnt it you still see that everywhere its not going to change much
i've never seen child porn anywhere. like NoSubstance said, if you're seeing it, you must be looking for it.

p.s. you sick fucker.
 

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Yeah, we can question the politicians' motives and how they plan to enforce it and everything all day long, but I'll take a step in the right direction over standing still any day. Bottom line, worst case scenario (as far as I can see) we're still right here where we started.
 

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who was the one guy that voted against it? :confused:

being a little sexist aren't we? What if it was Hilary? oh wait shes a senator nvm.
 
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That is a great thing but it will end up just like the SPAM bill. People can always find a way around it. Who has nothing better to do than put spyware in software anyway.
 
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The bill had a rider that gave a 70 million no bid contract to Halliburton to develop a spyware blocker by 2010, so Hilary voted against it.
 

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The only reason spy/adware has not been illegal up until now is because they burry a small blurb about it, in the EULA of the intentionally installed app that it rides piggyback on.

Weatherbug anyone?
 

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The bill had a rider that gave a 70 million no bid contract to Halliburton to develop a spyware blocker by 2010, so Hilary voted against it.
I heard that once the contract is signed it will actually end up costing 134 billion and be six years over deadline.