News.com is apparently running a three day focus on spyware and adware and what needs to be done about them. Today's article says that we need laws to protect us from these programs. The writers argue that technological and business solutions are unlikely to work, or do a good enough job protecting users' rights. While I do hate adware/spyware schemes, I'm a bit hesitant to put that power into the government's hands. They do (DMCA) have a history (CDBTPA) of creating laws to solve problems that only make the problems worse. These laws usually are not particularly well thought out, and have unintended consequences that hurt a lot more than they help.
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