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I found this little tidbit at GCN (Government Computer News), written by William Jackson. Dated 6/11/07, it's about a bill that is being considered by the US House of Reps that limits data gathering techniques of internet marketers:

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Basically, the bill would prohibit “unfair and deceptive acts or practices relating to spyware.” It goes on to enumerate and define these acts, prohibiting things such as hijacking computers or their Internet connections, running botnets to distribute spam, secretly loading adware on computers, keystroke logging, phishing, pharming and generally using lies and dishonesty to park unwanted software on a computer. It would require honest notices with an opt-in before installing or running information gathering software and the user must be able to remove or disable the software without too much trouble.
Full story here.

Personally, I hope it passes. I actually wish it would be stricter... but of course would receive fierce opposition from the Direct Marketing Association.

Sorry if this is a repost, I checked and didn't find it.
    
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i hope that passses. then again that would put a few companies outta business
    
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i hope that passses. then again that would put a few companies outta business
Good.
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W00t less crap to deal with... that'd be sick, but i bet you that it won't apply to all countries, so they'll outsource their servers and work to Timbukto, and still be good...
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w00t w00t w00t.....nef said
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Quote:
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W00t less crap to deal with... that'd be sick, but i bet you that it won't apply to all countries, so they'll outsource their servers and work to Timbukto, and still be good...
Exactly.
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damn, canadians need this too!
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and UK
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To be effective this needs to be applied on a global scale. Good luck with that .
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I'm actually gonna agaisnt this.
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