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US tough anti-spyware bill.

The U.S. House of Representatives have voted to crack down on deceptive "spyware" that hides in users' computers and secretly monitors their activities. By a vote of 399 to 1, the House moved to outlaw a range of aggressive advertising and surveillance activities that have outraged consumers over the past two years.

Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton said computers used by his Energy and Commerce Committee were found to have been carrying roughly 60 different spyware programs. The bill approved by the House would require software makers to get consumers' permission before loading programs on their machines that can collect information about them.

It would also prohibit a number of practices often associated with spyware, such as reprogramming the start page on a user's Web browser, logging keystrokes to capture passwords and other sensitive data, and launching pop-up ads that can't be closed without shutting down the computer. Violators could face millions of dollars in fines. millions of dollars in fines.
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Title Annotation:Security
Publication:Software World
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2004
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