Bono Introduces Legislation Aimed At Spyware
from the good,-but-surprising dept
Rep. Mary Bono, who is known for her close association with the music industry, has introduced some legislation that would, effectively, ban the use of spyware. Called the Safeguard Against Privacy Invasions Act, it would require any company that used spyware to notify users before spyware is installed. Of course, most companies that use spyware already do so by hiding it in their end user license agreement. The surprising thing, to me, is that Bono is introducing this legislation. The rise of spyware may be one of the things that is holding back even more widespread use of the various file sharing networks. Many of those networks use spyware, and Bono has come out clearly against those services. Forcing them to cut out using spyware (or at least be more explicit about them) would mean that those who have avoided them out of fear of spyware would now be able to use the file sharing networks as well.