by Mike Masnick

FTC Considers Naming And Shaming Adware Advertisers

from the one-way-to-go-about-things dept

A couple years ago, Ben Edelman helped make lots of people aware that one of the reasons why surreptitiously installed adware products were so common was that plenty of big name companies were spending a lot of money advertising through them. Often, there were middlemen between the big companies and the adware, but it was a weak excuse for companies to claim they didn't know where their ads were appearing. Last year, Eliot Spitzer even talked about shifting some of his investigation into adware companies towards those companies who advertised on them, to see if some of the blame could be put in that direction. Nothing ever came of that, but now, apparently the FTC is considering a policy to name and shame companies who advertise in surreptitious adware. It certainly would help get them past the plausible deniability aspect of having the ads bought by third parties. Since being outed has already scared off some big name advertisers from advertising in surreptitiously installed adware offerings, it seems like this type of policy could work -- though, if they falsely named someone that could cause some pretty big problems as well.

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    Sohrab, 9 Feb 2006 @ 11:23pm

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    its a good step though i think to narrow down the adware one more notch

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      MKam, 10 Feb 2006 @ 4:19am

      What about old-fashioned spam

      I came out of my apartment the other day and someone had stuck flyers under all the windshield wipers in the parking lot. (really big annoyance because everyone just pulls them out and the entire parking lot is littered with the paper) The 'big-name' company that was represented was Bed Bath & Beyond.

      If they still haven't stopped advertising this way, then I doubt shaming them will stop the spyware/adware associated advertising.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Feb 2006 @ 7:50am

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    They should do the same with companies offshoring jobs.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Feb 2006 @ 9:36am

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    I think this is the glaring weakness of anti-spam legislation. I haven't seen any legislation that goes after the companies that benefit from the spam which is simply idiotic. If you want to stop most spam, you need to eliminate the financial incentive.

    If companies that compensate spammers in any way were held financially liable, my inbox would be alot less crowded.

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    david, 24 Feb 2008 @ 3:47pm

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