Spyware legislation that would allow fines of up to $3 million for makers of software that steals personal information from a user's computer or highjacks its browser will get a second look after the U.S. Congress failed to pass the legislation in 2004.
By Grant Gross IDG News Service, 01/05/05 On Tuesday, Representative Mary Bono reintroduced an anti-spyware bill that passed the House of Representatives in 2004, but failed pass in the Senate. The Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act, or SPY ACT, defines most functions performed by so-called spyware as unfair business practices subject to FTC fines. Bono (R-Calif.) expects the bill to sail through Congress this year, she said in a statement. The bill passed the House in October on a 399-1 vote. "The SPY ACT was introduced because we feel that consumers have the right to know and be protected when they are downloading software that has the ability to collect and transmit personal information," Bono said in her statement.