Outlawing spyware?

Wednesday, 7 April 2004, 10:55 AM EST

Utah has become the first state to make spyware a crime, passing a law that makes it illegal to install such programs on a PC without approval.

Starting in early May, violators face a fine of $10,000 per incident, under the new Spyware Control Act. The Utah law aims to regulate the use of spyware and other advertising software, which is infamous for annoying computer users by tracking and reporting their Web whereabouts and displaying ads.

By Tom Spring at PC World.

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