Stopping Spyware Today, Cookies Tomorrow
Opinion: We need to go beyond just outlawing spywareand cookies should be the next form of intrusion in legislators' sights.Welcome to the "Internet Spyware Prevention Act." Just passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, this proposed federal law eventually will give the Justice Department the initiative to stop companies that install spyware. Its aimed at tricksters who try to scam personal details from the hapless user, but because these programs are so annoying in all of their forms, Im convinced that everyone using spyware will be subject to investigation. Good! Read more here about the anti-spyware bill. And so much for the industry monitoring itself. I have to assume that more than a few people in government finally got fed up and figured that there ought to be a law. This is just the beginning. Its about time, since the tech industry obviously cannot police itself. Times up on that pipe dream.
In fact, there wouldnt be spyware in the first placeor phishing or any other scamif software were written well enough to keep such things from working.