June 14th, 2008, 08:10 AM
FTC wants civil penalties for spyware
The FTC are proposing civil penalties for the purveyors of spyware.
Whilst the US has quite strict laws regarding criminal activity in the IT sector, it is frequently difficult to prosecute, and to prove and quantify material costs & losses.
The proposal is to introduce civil penalties such as for parking violations, speeding, littering, and jaywalking. These should be much easier to prosecute as they are behavioural. Either you did it or you didn't, rather than having to prove criminal intent and material loss.
The agency testified this week before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation that the power to invoke civil penalties on spyware distributors would aid in deterrence.
"While legislation is needed to fight privacy threats and to increase online safety, any new legislation should target bad behavior, and not attempt to dictate 'good' or 'bad' technology,"
This looks like a move in the right direction to me.
Furthermore, she said, users should have the right to opt out from having spyware programs downloaded on to their computers, and should be able to remove those programs in a clear and simple manner.
By preacherman481 in forum Miscellaneous Security Discussions
Last Post: April 16th, 2006, 12:57 PM
By Relyt in forum Spyware / Adware
Last Post: October 8th, 2004, 07:30 PM
By thehorse13 in forum Network Security Discussions
Last Post: June 3rd, 2003, 04:35 AM
By lordshinmei in forum Cosmos
Last Post: June 21st, 2002, 07:09 PM
By s0nIc in forum AntiOnline's General Chit Chat
Last Post: May 9th, 2002, 10:29 PM