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The US House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation designed to protect PC users from spyware despite the strong objections of internet-based businesses that warned the measure could interfere with many legitimate online activities. House members passed the Spy Act by a margin of 368-48. It is …


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  1. e

    Interesting ..

    "It also proposes punishments for those who distribute software that tries to bypass a computer's security mechanisms, transmits personal information about the user without notification or is used to carry out a federal crime."

    Doesn't that cover Microsoft phone home type situations?

  2. DoubleD

    RE: Phone Home

    When you install Windows you have to agree to allow M$ to collect information before you can use their OS so that would seem to comply with the "opt-in" requirements of the bill.

  3. Tim Harris

    Get Zwinky

    Time to break out the bats. IT people now have a new weapon !!! Wohoo !

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    RE: Interesting ..

    Nope, they'll be exempt. One way or the other.

    A note to the needed effect is probably hidden in the EULA anyway.

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