February 14, 2005
Goodlatte Reintroduces Anti-Spyware Law
Goodlatte has reintroduced his anti-spyware bill. As of today, I didn’t see a bill number yet. Compared to the other anti-spyware bills, Goodlatte’s bill was relatively inoffensive. The basic structure was to criminalize unauthorized placement of a software program on a computer to comment another federal criminal offense, obtain or transmit personal information, or impair the computer’s security protections. I find this relatively unobjectionable mostly because it seems to overlap substantially (completely?) with the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act. If anyone figured out what Goodlatte’s bill would criminalize that wasn’t already criminal under the CFAA, I’d be grateful to hear from you.
Posted by Eric at February 14, 2005 01:10 PM | Adware/Spyware