Gator Pop-Ups Illegal In Germany
from the but...-why? dept
As much of a problem I have with Gator (now Claria) and their method of sneaking their adware/spyware onto users’ computers, I still can’t understand how the software’s practice of putting pop-ups over other websites could possibly be illegal. While US courts have mostly (though, not entirely) sided with Gator on this one, it appears that the German courts have a different view. They’ve ruled against Gator, and said they cannot run popup ads from competitors when a surfer visits Hertz’s German rental car site. Once again, these cases are targeting the wrong thing. Why should it be illegal if someone actually wants to use such a program to show them competitor ads when they visit some sites. Of course, I don’t know why anyone would want that – but shouldn’t it be their decision?