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House approves spyware legislation

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#1 TeMerc


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Posted 06 October 2004 - 01:51 AM

The U.S. House of Representatives voted late Tuesday to restrict some of the most deceptive forms of spyware.

By a 399-1 vote, House members approved legislation prohibiting "taking control" of a computer, surreptitiously modifying a Web browser's home page, or disabling antivirus software without proper authorization.

The Spy Act would also create a complicated set of rules governing software capable of transmitting information across the Internet. It would give the Federal Trade Commission authority to police violations of the law and to levy fines of up to $3 million in the most pernicious cases.

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