Toothless technology legislation

By eweek  |  Posted 2004-12-20 Print this article Print

Toothless technology legislation

Things that dont mix: oil and water; drinking and driving; and, of course, technology and legislative solutions.

For example, as we predicted before it was even passed, the CAN-SPAM Act was ineffective at stopping spam, although it did protect all kinds of spam from large commercial companies.

In fact, this year IT advocates and watchdog groups have had to remain vigilantly on the lookout for new bills that would thwart technology innovation or just technology period, such as the Induce Act from Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, which could have made hard drives illegal.

Weve also had to deal this year with the fallout from past bad bills, such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, as well as negative and potentially far-reaching court decisions that affect the privacy of e-mail communications and Internet addressing.

—Jim Rapoza

Next page: DRM lockdown.


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