From Spyware To Licking Toads

from the poor-law-making dept

With all the talk about anti-spyware laws, Network World Fusion is pointing out that, like so many other laws, it looks like those supporting this piece of legislation don’t really understand the details of what they’re legislating. In fact, it mocks the fact that the sponsor of one bill only came up with the idea after finding spyware on her own computer — suggesting she has a bit too much free time on her hands to be focusing on legislating issues that she only notices when they impact her personally. Current laws can take care of most really evil spyware products, but there’s little incentive to go after those responsible — and new laws are unlikely to change that. The writer suggests that anti-spyware legislation is about as reasonable as legislating against licking toads.

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