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U.S. House Passes Strict Anti-Spyware Bill

June 6, 2007

Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would set new requirements on software companies as well as advertisers to guard users against spyware.

The bill, which passed 368 to 48, requires fotware distributors to offer clear notifications as well as obtain consent from consumers before programs are loadable onto a PC.

The software industry opposes the bill, on the grounds that its stiff requirements could hurt innovation and technology investments. Instead, they favor an alternative bill- also passed by the House- that would require specific penalties for the fraudulent use of spyware but not enact any new regulations for administrative controls.

The U.S. Senate has yet to take up the issue.




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