Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

Spyware Act Loses Its Cookies

from the it's-a-step dept

Congress today took another step forward with their attempt at a piece of anti-spyware legislation by removing the language that included third party cookies as potentially liable under the law. This makes sense, as the cookie issue was likely to be a problem. However, it's not entirely clear if the rest of the law is any good. It tries to ban "phishing, keystroke logging, homepage hijacking and ads that can't be closed except by shutting down a computer." However, it seems like most of these should already be covered by anti-fraud laws, though you could make the argument that it's helpful to have the specifics outlined here. Still, the worry with this type of legislation is that if it's written too broadly, it ends up banning some perfectly legitimate applications.

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Techdirt Gear
Shop Now: Techdirt Logo Gear
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.