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Anti-Spyware Bill Advances In Congress

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 45-4 for a bill that would require software makers to notify people before loading new programs on their machines that collect information about them.

Several states have passed or are considering anti-spyware legislation, and business groups have called for a national law to avoid conflicts.

The bill introduced by California Republican Rep. Mary Bono and New York Democratic Rep. Ed Towns would allow the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to seek millions of dollars in fines for some of the practices lawmakers consider most egregious, such as logging users’ keystrokes or stealing their identities.

Read more at Reuters.