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.

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