Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

Washington State Gets An Anti-Spyware Bill

from the how-well-will-it-work? dept

As expected, Washington State has now put in place some anti-spyware legislation that includes an impressive $100,000 fine per violation. Of course, the worry with any spyware legislation is about how spyware is defined. As we noted when discussing this bill last month, while the definition tries to avoid many of the pitfalls of other spyware definitions, it isn't perfect. The problem is that there are situations where certain elements that are "banned" by this law could be reasonable. Even more to the point is the question as to how enforceable this law will be. Either way, it will be worth watching to see what sort of lawsuits come out of this, and whether it really has an impact. Of course, there's also a chance that (most likely weak and misguided) federal anti-spyware legislation will pre-empt any state legislation.

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  1. identicon
    Ted Richardson, May 17th, 2005 @ 8:21pm

    Fraud Blog

    Although, I am a amateur writer and this is new, I have been in the fraud field (corporate type) for a long time. Basically, I see a lot of victims and in my job, I protect the corporation. Doing this, is my small way of helping and showing that I care.

    Just wanted to share.

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  2. identicon
    Hnery Czaz, May 18th, 2005 @ 1:14pm

    Re: Fraud Blog

    The State of Washington is an incubator for pointless or boneheaded legislation. While it cannot elect a governor without criminals and dead people voting, it can concoct unenforceable laws. Go figure

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

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