Is anti-spyware legislation necessary?

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Government Computer News: FTC: Technology, not legislation, needed to fight spyware

l Trade Commission commissioner Orson Swindle said that pending anti-spyware legislation is an election-year effort by Congress to appear to be taking meaningful action against a high-profile problem.

Swindle and Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute, warned during a Capitol Hill briefing today that premature laws could do more harm than good.

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Is it necessary? Oh yes, VERY necessary. I'm dismayed that it took this long for it to become an issue. Someone's computer in Washington must have finally gotten invaded by these low-life crap artists.
If consumers shopping in a grocery store were bombarded by pop-up signs in their faces every time they reached for an item, it wouldn't be allowed to go on very long.
If consumers watching a movie they paid for, or even a television show, were constantly pelted with these ads, this legislation would have gone forward a long time ago.
What really confuses me about this whole thing is the advertisers. Shouldn't they know that the easiest way to lose customers is to tick them off? Why are they doing this? I can't tell you how many times I've thought to myself, "Well that does look interesting, but because they've interrupted my research, I wouldn't buy their product now for any reason.


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