An imperfect spy act

Monday, 16 August 2004, 10:38 AM EST

When a Congressional committee enthusiastically approved the Spy Act in June, it became a procedural victory in search of an appreciative audience. Beyond the Beltway, the anti-spyware bill has found more critics than supporters. Industry and consumer groups, technology vendors, and even the U.S. Federal Trade Commission have come out against the bill. If it were a movie, critics would say the bill—whose name is hard-won acronym for Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass—has no legs.

By Deborah Asbrand at Technology Review.

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