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    The Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC), a group of IT companies and public interest groups, is hoping to succeed where a previous vendor organization failed in tackling the global problem of spyware. The ASC released an agreed-upon draft definition of spyware this week that it hopes will promote public comment and ultimately result in users becoming better educated about the dangers of spyware.

    The Consortium of Anti-Spyware Technology Vendors (Coast), initially drawn from the security software vendor community, fell apart in February after a failed 16-month effort to coordinate its members' conflicting goals and an ongoing debate over admitting companies that created spyware. The ASC, convened by the Center for Democracy and Technology, has a much wider membership than Coast.

    ASC member include the likes of America Online, Computer Associates International, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Yahoo, along with McAfee, Symantec, and Trend Micro, and anti-spyware specialist vendors Aluria Software and Webroot Software. The organization also numbers the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, and The University of California Berkeley's Samuelson Law, Technology, & Public Policy Clinic among its members.

    The ASC was formed in early April, after a number of companies approached the Center for Democracy and Technology about forming a group to combat spyware. The organization's Web site went live this week.... http://www.antispywarecoalition.org/

    "Ari Schwartz, associate director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, has been heading up the ASC's work. He says that the new anti-spyware consortium had learned from Coast's experience. "The main difference between us and Coast is that we're trying to help anti-spyware companies communicate better together and with consumers," Schwartz says. "Coast was more about communication between anti-spyware companies and software publishers."

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    I would say first boot Aluria out, read the WhenU's New B**** thread. And looking at the list i see merchants who partner with Adware (Dell), SE's with ties to Adware (Yahoo/Claria) so maybe they should start with their own membership.
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    Maybe Dell earned their position in ACS by default when discovered their paying over $200 million in BHO double dipping commission fees from hidden BHO bundling and drive-by installs. Ouch!! That must hurt that greed driven penny pinching Mike Dell in the pocketbook.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecomcity
    Maybe Dell earned their position in ACS by default when discovered their paying over $200 million in BHO double dipping commission fees from hidden BHO bundling and drive-by installs. Ouch!! That must hurt that greed driven penny pinching Mike Dell in the pocketbook.
    I have no sympathy for Michael Dell. He has billion$.

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