Coalition Posts Spyware Risk Guidelines

 
 
By Nate Mook, BetaNews  |  Posted 2005-10-27 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

They are designed to help consumers assess whether or not a software product is considered spyware.

The Anti-Spyware Coalition published new guidelines on Thursday designed to help consumers assess whether or not a software product is considered spyware. The group also revised an earlier draft of definitions that differentiate between acceptable and invasive advertising. With 43 percent of Internet users reporting they have been infected with spyware, tools to detect and remove the malicious applications have become a prerequisite for PC users. But much confusion still exists on what constitutes spyware and adware, which has led to improper classification and even lawsuits.
The Anti-Spyware Coalition, headed by the Center for Democracy & Technology with support from industry giants AOL, Earthlink, Microsoft, and Yahoo is attempting to set the record straight with a series of guidelines. Along with educating consumers, anti-spyware software vendors could avoid legal attacks from ad companies who claim their software is unfairly targeted.
In the new "Risk Model" guidelines, the coalition ranks various practices common in spyware and adware with risk levels. Installing a program without a users permission, intercepting instant messaging and e-mail, and displaying ads while hiding the source program are all considered "high risk." Read the full story on Betanews.com: Coalition Posts Spyware Risk Guidelines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
 
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters























 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rocket Fuel