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RE: House approves spyware legislation
From: "WB" <cab75 () comcast net>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2004 18:44:37 -0500

Here's the next act, the "Internet Spyware Prevention Act," was passed by a
vote of 415-0. It would give the US Justice Department $US10 million to
crack down on companies and others that secretly install spyware and those
who attempt to trick victims into disclosing personal details and financial
information in phishing email scams. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Simon [mailto:simon () xhz ca] 
Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2004 6:07 PM
To: Gregory Gilliss; WB
Cc: full-disclosure-admin () lists netsys com; 
full-disclosure () lists netsys com
Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] House approves spyware legislation

Liability for trespass to chattels is limited to the damage 
done,  and 
liability for conversion is limited to the cost of replacement.
Needless to say, this is ridiculous when it comes to valuations for 
data - the cost of replacing your hard drive might be 
measurable,  but 
the cost of replacing your data is extremely intangible.

And what about Mass conversion?  A single hard drive may not 
constitute enough for any legal measures, but a thousand may 
be enough?

Still the problem really is at proving who or what is the 
cause of the conversion.

Simon



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