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March 15th, 2005, 11:35 AM #1Now this is money well spent...!
We finally have a united bi-partisan, anti-spyware bill... that
looks like it will be passed into law during the 109th congress...
Senator Conrad Burns (R-Montana) along with colleagues...
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
Have introduced and are pushing "The Spyblock Act" ...
"...while the file-sharing networks that often distribute spyware
may be free in monetary terms, the costs to a user’s privacy are steep.
Of the 60 million users of one popular file-sharing program, few know
they are being watched through the spyware that was downloaded
onto their computers.
The depth — and hidden nature — of this problem is why I continue to
work to combat the flood of spyware casting a pall over the growing
online population. The Spyblock Act relies on a common-sense approach
to prohibit the installation of software on consumers’ computers
without notice, consent and reasonable uninstall procedures. The notice
and consent approach that the Spyblock Act takes would end the
methods that some bad-actors use to secretly download programs onto
computers. It will force providers to give consumers clear and
conspicuous notice that a software program will be downloaded to
their computers and requires user consent.
It is impossible to understand how any of the individuals or companies
using spyware believe that tracking internet usage, stealing passwords
and hijacking the processors of someone’s computer, all without their
knowledge, is justifiable. When surfing the Net, everyone should have
the privacy and security they expect.
It is time to call the bad-actors to account and keep these hackers from
hiding in the shadows of hard drives across the country. The Spyblock
Act will put the power back into computer users’ hands. It will allow
consumers to decide when programs can be installed on their computers
and will punish those who deceitfully make that decision for them..."
There is also a bill making it’s way through the House of Representatives
sponsored by Mary Bono (R-Calif) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) ... that seeks
to establish fines for spyware violations at levels between $11,000.00 and
$3,000,000.00... depending on the severity of the violation...
Let’s hear it for the good guys... Is this great news or what...?
Bob<Font size="1" color="99000">Never doubt anybody's word for anything... but... Always double check everything... - Grandpa</font>
March 15th, 2005, 11:48 AM #2
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I've alway put my faith in the power of the mob being victimized by the Adwhores and info peddlers. Imagine 200,000 angry demonstrators outside the offices of the networks and the major B-a-Ho operators screaming for blood over hijacking their systems.
Take it to the streets you victimized shoppers and turn NYC, Washington DC and LA into a mirror of downtown Beruit demanding even countries clean up their acts or face the wrath of the ultimate victims.
What does everyone think about Haiko and some ABWer hosting/registrar members donating www.B-a-HO.com and 1 year hosting to me and Charlie upon reaching 13,000 posts at ABW???? We all could have fun developing out that site to keep the pressure on those I love to hate.Webmaster's... Mike and Charlie
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