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Senate approves Spyware bill!

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#1 Grinler


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Posted 24 September 2004 - 10:03 AM

On Wednesday the United States Senate has unanimously approved the SPY BLOCK Act which prohibits the installation of software on computers without the end users knowledge. The SPY BLOCK SPY BLOCK Act would prohibit software developers from using misleading information as a means to cause end users to install their software, to create software that is difficult to remove, and stop the installation of software that collects and transmits the users activities without the user's permission. Though this is great news and will definitely put a damper on a spyware company operating in the US, we will still have a problem with spyware developers outside the US. This is definitely, though, a big step forward.

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#2 tg1911


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Posted 24 September 2004 - 11:12 AM

Like you said, Grinler, a good start.
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Posted 24 September 2004 - 12:04 PM

I'm not sure if this is a good start...

I would rather have seen the WWW take care of this problem in and by itself. (They/we still can if it's worked on vigorously.)

The old adage "give 'em an inch and they'll take a mile" applies here.

When & if SPY BLOCK becomes law, who's going to investigate and enforce the law(s)?

FCC, FBI, CIA, NSA, Home Land Security... or all of them...

Or will we have a new agency - say, the "Web Wacky Wranglers of the World Wide Web". (And we'll pay for it with a penny a click?)

Then how long will it be until the United Nations wants a piece of the action (and have the USA pay for it of course).

I'm curious as to when was the last time anyone reading this thread personally chastised a local business for spamming, or e-mailed a company that they might due business with for advertising with spammers? (I've only managed to clang on a couple in the last year.)

Just a few "odd" thoughts to consider.

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Posted 24 September 2004 - 12:08 PM

Thats great! The future looks better for our pcs!

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Posted 28 September 2004 - 04:22 PM

KoanYorel while agree with you that the web should be self regulating I also don’t think its possible anymore for individual action to have an affect on this problem. there's just to much money involved plus the amount of people that take action (I take action) is too insignificant. Its about the same percentage as those that take their privacy seriously. Usually its ‘well I have nothing to hide’. most people that use the internet dont even know what were talking about when spyware is mentioned.

I really don’t believe a bill like this will do much to stop spyware. All that need be done is to hide a statement or a link to a statement somewhere on the web site and their covered as far as the bill goes and with so many getting infected from porn and warez sites that victims could never turn in…besides, cleaning it keeps us off the street and sometimes pays for food.

When you consider that spyware/adware distributors take advantage of security flaws to access your system they should be treated the same way script kiddies or professional black hats are. They are going into our computers to ‘steal’ information and they’re accessing systems in a way that’s not intended thereby bypassing authentication mechanisms…I think that fits the discription for a break-in under the current computer crime laws. A bill like the one that just passed IMO is just there so politicians can say they are behind it.

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