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    http://news.com.com/House+panel+pass...3-5238383.html

    http://www.computerweekly.com/articl...earch=&nPage=1

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    http://news.google.com/news?q=spywar...=1&sa=N&tab=wn

    Might have been posted already not sure.

    Not sure if this has any teeth, but it is a step in the right direction.

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    Directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prohibit the transmission of a spyware program to a covered computer (one used by a financial institution or the Federal Government) by means of the Internet, unless the user of the computer expressly consents to such transmission in response to a clear and conspicuous request or through an affirmative request for such transmission.

    Requires the FTC to establish requirements for such a transmission that requires affirmative action on the part of the user of the covered computer to agree to a license, contract, or other agreement, including setting forth on a World Wide Web page license or contract terms, the mechanism for agreeing to them, and the name and valid physical street address of the person or entity transmitting the spyware program.

    Directs the FTC to prohibit the use of any spyware program for collecting any personally identifiable information from the covered computer unless notice of such use is provided.

    Provides for enforcement of the provisions of this Act, including criminal penalties, through the Federal Trade Commission Act.

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    Hope they put more teeth into it and make the fines apply to the advertisers -their network enablers and the IAB/DMA Ad Agencies spreading this browser spam.... Nice photo of a hijacked IE browser with over 40 searchbar hijackers for their selling off privacy info -credit cards and the splooge of popups for stealing commissions.
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prohibit the transmission of a spyware program to a covered computer (one used by a financial institution or the Federal Government) <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>This sounds like only bank and Fed computers are covered. Wonder if they plan to expand this to cover "civilian" computers?

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    At first I was kind of shocked that it would only be limited to fed & bank computer users, but if you think about it, it allows the feds to go to a suspected spyware distributor and if something gets installed w/out their consent, they can go after 'em and take 'em down
    Basically, I think they'd be more open to complaints being filed now that they can act on any evidence they find & they'd be free & clear to act w/ this in place...
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    This concentration on Banking and Fed computers puts some teeth into making the infestation freaks take the perp walk. Cybercrime units have directly tied spyware/adware to identity theft and CC theft organized crime rings and even terrorist funding. Going after the Adwhores is about as effective as curbing common streetwalkers throughout history. That be like herding cats or curbing Politicians sex drives.
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