Striking back at spyware

Tuesday, 8 June 2004, 4:19 PM EST

Here's good news for surfers stressing over spyware that surreptitiously slips onto their PCs to track their whereabouts and serve up advertising: A legal noose is starting to tighten around its purveyors.

Utah has made installing programs on a PC without the user's approval a $10,000 offense. California, Iowa, and New York are considering similar laws, and Congress is weighing federal legislation.

"Using underhanded tactics, these companies are not only invading your privacy but hurting legitimate online companies," says Utah state representative Steve Urquhart, sponsor of that state's Spyware Control Act.

By Tom Spring at PC World.

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