Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Washington State Getting Tough on Rampant Spyware Problem

Slashdot | Washington State Outlaws Spyware

the Governor of Washington signs a a bill outlawing spyware (bill history) which imposes penalties of $100,000 per violation.

This is a step in the right direction. I am not sure if it will be effective due to jurisdictional and technological issues with tracking, identifying, and prosecuting purveyors of spyware. The anti-spam legislation in the state and federal laws has not exactly dramatically curbed spam. But this clarification of the computer crime statutes is helpful to avoid ambiguity.

Also of interest to me now is that Washington also passed an anti-phishing law.

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