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Re: House approves spyware legislation
From: "Jason Coombs PivX Solutions" <jasonc () science org>
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2004 01:00:51 +0000 GMT

The only thing this anti-spyware legislation does is protect companies from civil lawsuits for creating and deploying 
spyware or otherwise exceeding their authorization to make changes to and access the computers of you and me.

Police are never going to hunt and kill the companies and people who are responsible for spyware. The elements of the 
'spyware' crime as defined by the proposed legislation are by definition a civil dispute. It does not matter if a bad 
site launches spyware when it is visited - because the act of visiting can itself be permission to install spyware.

Java applets and other things already autoinstall without warning. You cannot seriously believe that companies 
responsible for spyware will not point this out in their own defense.

Read the legislation. It is a sham that is blatantly designed to protect bad companies from financial ruin for the harm 
they are causing to people.

... Just another terrible abuse of people's ignorance of complex technical subject matter like spyware and complex, 
highly-evolved, often arbitrary, social systems such as the law.

Sincerely,

Jason Coombs
jasonc () science org

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