Congresswoman reintroduces spyware bill

Thursday, 6 January 2005, 1:08 AM EST

Spyware legislation that would allow fines of up to $3 million for makers of software that steals personal information from a user's computer or highjacks its browser will get a second look after the U.S. Congress failed to pass the legislation in 2004.

On Tuesday, Representative Mary Bono reintroduced an antispyware bill that passed the House of Representatives in 2004, but failed pass in the Senate. The Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act, or SPY ACT, defines most functions performed by so-called spyware as unfair business practices subject to U.S. Federal Trade Commission fines.

By Grant Gross at Info World.

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