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Govtcheez
10-06-2004, 07:40 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/internet/10/05/internet.spyware.ap/index.html

The one that passed would subject spyware makers to fines (it passed 399-1), and there's another in committee to make them subject to criminal charges, as well.

Too bad this won't really affect overseas spyware companies, but it's a start.

VirtualAce
10-06-2004, 07:42 AM
Very nice. I'm so sick of hogging resources on my system with spybot and every other spyware program I've got, just to browse the net, play online games, or research.

Bout time someone did something about the morons who code that stuff.

pianorain
10-06-2004, 07:44 AM
I wonder what in the world Rep. Ron Paul (the only one that voted against the bill) was thinking. "No, I love my spyware!"

JarJarBinks
10-06-2004, 07:44 AM
thats great thanks for the post i havent
heard anything about that.

Govtcheez
10-06-2004, 07:47 AM
> I wonder what in the world Rep. Ron Paul (the only one that voted against the bill) was thinking.

Bonzi Buddy says he's my friend!

The article says he usually votes against new spending measures. I'm wondering how he expects to get anything done without spending money.

JarJarBinks
10-06-2004, 08:01 AM
question, why is this dip still in office?
*retorical, dont answer!*

ober
10-06-2004, 09:25 AM
Finally. Now maybe the next time I download a screensaver, it won't install 50 spywares before letting me use it.

hk_mp5kpdw
10-08-2004, 05:43 AM
Spyware Cases Filed
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published: October 8, 2004


WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (AP) - The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday filed the first case in the country against software companies accused of infecting computers with intrusive "spyware" and then trying to sell people the solution.

The commission accused the companies of infecting computers with unsolicited software, showering computer screens with pop-up ads and then trying to get consumers to pay $30 to fix it. It is seeking an injunction to get the companies, owned by the same person, to stop and to offer restitution to consumers.

The agency requested a temporary restraining order from the Federal District Court for New Hampshire against Seismic Entertainment Productions, Smartbot.Net and Sanford Wallace.

This week, the House passed two bills that would outlaw spyware.


That was fast!

Govtcheez
10-08-2004, 05:49 AM
Wait, doesn't the bill have to get past the Senate first?

prog-bman
10-08-2004, 05:51 AM
Ya and then get signed by bush

adrianxw
10-08-2004, 08:11 AM
>>> wonder what in the world Rep. Ron Paul (the only one that voted against the bill)

His point is that it is not the role of the US government to police the internet.

>>> Too bad this won't really affect overseas spyware companies

I'm betting it will not have any impact on US firms that spy on systems outside of the US either. New SCientist figures showed 70% of spyware on EU computers was placed there and is monitored from the US.

Govtcheez
10-08-2004, 08:35 AM
You're upset that the US is policing the Internet, but you're also upset that the US isn't doing enough to police the Internet?

adrianxw
10-08-2004, 03:12 PM
Read my post Cheez. The question was asked earlier in the thread why Senator Ron Paul, the only person who voted against the bill, had done so. I was offering the answer to that particular question. I can supply references if required, but a google will find the statement.

I AM royally fed up with my interceptors telling me again and again that they have blocked yet another attempt to apply predominantly US originated spyware products to my systems. As I said in my previous post though, I doubt any of the current legislation going through the US houses will do anything to prevent that.

If you check, you will find that the story that prompted this thread is only 1 of several current attempts to legislate in this area.

Govtcheez
10-08-2004, 03:19 PM
> I can supply references if required, but a google will find the statement.

OK, you're right. Sorry, my bad.

> I doubt any of the current legislation going through the US houses will do anything to prevent that.

Even the ones that would put the people in jail?

adrianxw
10-08-2004, 04:08 PM
>>> would put the people in jail?

In jail for what though? Placing a piece of software on a PC outside of the US - jurisdiction? Receiving and profiting from said software - free trade?

The spam rules did nothing to stem the tide of US originated spam here, why should they? The rules were to protect US consumers, not others from US business.

sean
10-08-2004, 04:26 PM
I'd be interested to see exactly how they defined spyware.

Zach L.
10-08-2004, 05:52 PM
Despite my distaste for spyware, I would have to agree that it is not the government's place to regulate it.

B0bDole
10-08-2004, 05:56 PM
You Damn Capatilist

Zach L.
10-08-2004, 06:38 PM
Yep :D

whackaxe
10-09-2004, 01:22 AM
two words: Eastern Europe (and Russia),


ok thats 4. my point beng that, once again, the mafia will start doing what has been outlawed in America and certain parts of europe.