Utah/Urquhart on an Anti-Spyware Crusade Again

Utah is reworking its anti-spyware bill. I need to see the legislation but this news report sounds ominous. It reminds me of the expert report from the LICRA v. Yahoo case, where the experts predicted that we would be bombarded with queries about our geography as we traipsed around the Internet, making Internet browsing far less seamless than it is today (and for some, raising troubling issues about privacy disclosures). Having recently looked at Washington’s proposed anti-spyware law, and wondering how that would survive the dormant commerce clause, I am dubious that any state-based anti-spyware effort will improve social welfare one bit.