Well, the House of Representatives are busily selling us down the river
again. I mean, you’d think that a bill about spyware prevention would
actually be aimed at doing just that. The problem is that it’s not going
to be any better than the ‘Can Spam’ act was for stopping spam.

Instead, what they’ve done is create a bill that makes it illegal for
Joe User or Jane Hacker to create, distribute and use spyware, but they
leave holes in it that allow hardware and software vendors to use
spyware all they want. Not only that, but this would-be law prevents
individuals from bringing suit against someone using spyware. Back when
Sony got caught using rootkits in their DRM (Digital Rights Management
… [or Mangling, it depends on your point of view, big corps don’t
really think customers have rights.]) a law like this in place would
have kept anyone from suing them because it would have been ok for them
to spy on users and effectively take over their customer’s PC’s and keep
right on installing stuff that the customer doesn’t want. (well, if the
customer KNEW what Sony & fiends were doing they’d have screamed bloody
murder… you know, like tons of people did when the rootkit story

Act of 2007 = "Vendors Can Spy Act"

strick1226 writes "Ed Foster over at InfoWorld describes the Spy
Act bill (H.R. 964) as having the same relation to the prevention of
spyware that the CAN SPAM Act had to the prevention of spam. It allows exceptions
for companies to utilize spyware
for any number of reasons; if
this bill had been law when Sony distributed their rootkit, they would
have had perfect cover. Most troubling is that the bill would preempt
all state laws, including those more focused on the privacy of
people’s data, and disallow individuals from bringing suit. It is
expected to pass soon with ‘strong bipartisan support.’"

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