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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 9:43 pm    Post subject: News says legislators are fuming about spyware Reply with quote

I have a google news alert set for "spyware" and have gotten tons of emails with articles the last few days.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0430Spyware-ON.html

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Apr. 30, 2004 10:02 AM
WASHINGTON - Most lawmakers didn't know what Rep. Mary Bono was talking about last year when she complained about spyware, stealthy software programs that flash annoying ads or steal personal data.

But at a House energy subcommittee hearing Thursday, they were praising her bill, which tries to prevent the software from being downloaded onto consumers' computers without their knowledge.

"Up until a month ago, I don't think that the committee chairman knew what it was," said Bono, R-Calif.

That was before a scan of a personal computer used by the House Energy and Commerce Committee turned up 167 spyware programs.


http://news.com.com/2100-1023_3-5202016.html?tag=nefd.top

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FTC officials blast spyware measures
Last modified: April 29, 2004, 11:30 AM PDT
By Declan McCullagh
Staff Writer, CNET News.com


Two Federal Trade Commission officials ignited a political firestorm on Thursday by criticizing proposed laws targeting spyware and suggesting that the measures might harm legitimate software products, too.

During an appearance before a House of Representatives panel, FTC Commissioner Mozelle Thompson said the measures were the wrong approach to spyware and adware. "I do not believe legislation is the answer at this time," he said. "Instead, we should give industry the time to respond...Self-regulation combined with enforcement of existing laws might be the best way to go."

Members of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection reacted angrily to the advice, accusing Thompson and Howard Beales, director of the FTC's bureau of consumer protection, of being the only Americans who enjoyed having their computers infected by spyware and adware.

"You like this stuff? You're the only person in this country that wants spyware on their computer," Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, said to Beales. Referring to the rest of the panel, Barton added, "I would double down and bet that if asked whether they want to take it off, every one but you, sir, (would)."


http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=581&ncid=581&e=3&u=/nm/20040429/tc_nm/tech_spyware_dc

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers vowed on Thursday to pass legislation to stop deceptive software even though regulators advised against any new laws.

Both Republicans and Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said new laws were needed to stop the proliferation of so-called "spyware" that hides in users' computers and secretly monitors their activities.

"There is no more pernicious, intrusive activity going on on the Internet today," said Rep. Joe Barton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "We really intend to do something about this."


In today's Spwareweekly Newletter, Mike Healan is calling for people to write to their legislators.

http://www.spywareinfo.com/newsletter/archives/0404/30.php

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It needs a little tweaking before it passes but, overall, I like the SPYBLOCK Act. Consider this to be my official endorsement of it. If you agree with me, contact your US Senators today and ask them to support the SPYBLOCK Act, S. 2145.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

suzi thank you for the heads up on this. maby things might start to work for us.
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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2004 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That was before a scan of a personal computer used by the House Energy and Commerce Committee turned up 167 spyware programs.


That pretty much sums it up, for me Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2004 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lawmakers Vow Tough Spyware Laws
Commerce chairman says consumers are 'outraged' and promises legislative action
by end of
year.
http://nl.internet.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=1,veu,1,9irm,1w5a,9s3s,a9gz

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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2004 4:21 pm    Post subject: Bribes maybe? Reply with quote

I'm not accusing Mozelle Thompson of anything, mind you, but what would cause a man in his position to defend spyware?
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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2004 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kick backs??????? Confused
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