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Friday, March 16, 2007

Should spyware be illegal?

Members of a committee of the US Congress have received much support for a proposed spyware ban. But some who fear the bill, without some modifications, could harm internet advertisers.

The Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act (Spy Act) would make it unlawful to install software that gathers information, monitors usage, serves up advertisements or modifies browser and other settings on a computer without explicit user consent.

Without some modifications, the bill would "take into account and cover things that are part of the seamless use of the Internet" and which provide advertising-supported content to millions said Jerry Cerasale, senior vice president of government affairs at the Direct Marketing Association.

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