The collective mind of congress is rapidly turning to the fall elections, but some issues are pressing enough to warrant continued attention, among them spyware.
The growing problem of sneaky information collection programs has enterprises increasingly worried and lawmakers in the House of Representatives determined to pass an anti-spyware bill this summer.
For industry sectors subject to federal data collection laws such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, spyware can be an unwitting avenue to noncompliance.
"I think corporations are really hitting the danger zone," said Ed English, CEO of InterMute Inc., in Braintree, Mass. "Spam is annoying, but spyware really has a more insidious nature to it. I think youre going to see a trend of more companies locking down PCs tight."
InterMute is developing an enterprise version of its SpySubtract technology, which will be launched late in the summer, English said. The product will scan a companys network, identify the PCs that have spyware and erase it, he said.