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Spyware makers could soon face hefty fines
  Posted by: AceBHound on Jan 27th, 2005 11:13 PM
Congress is noticing the problems spyware poses and is planning to make anti-spyware legislation a top priority.

The bill aims to prevent spyware purveyors from hijacking a homepage or tracking users' keystrokes. It also requires that spyware programs be easily identifiable and removable, and allows for the collection of personal information only after express consent from users. The bill exponentially increases fines against abusers as well, authorizing the Federal Trade Commission to fine violators up to $3 million per infraction.

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