FTC Appears To Disagree With Zango On The Legitimacy Of Spyware
from the who-to-believe? dept
While Zango cast yesterday’s announcement that a class-action suit against it had been dismissed as a validation of its spyware-driven business model, the lack of any stated reason why the lawsuit got tossed — plus the fact that people don’t really trust spyware vendors, let alone ones that get caught doing dirty tricks — didn’t make that interpretation very convincing. Further undermining Zango’s claim is the news that the FTC has shut down another spyware vendor, as well as a few more details on the class-action suit. The suit wasn’t thrown out — the plaintiffs withdrew it, with their lawyer saying that they determined a class-action suit wasn’t the best vehicle for the case. This probably has more to do with the probability that the lawyers would collect a decent fee than whether or not the case actually had any merit, and the fact that no judge or jury actually ruled on the merits of the case hardly “vindicates” Zango, as its counsel claimed. For now, we think we’ll defer to the FTC on the legal situation of spyware, rather than seeing a class-action lawsuit that’s been voluntarily dropped as a definitive statement that adware and spyware are perfectly legit.