Spyware Could Become Illegal

Starting in early May, violators face a fine of $10,000 per incident, under the new Spyware Control Act. The Utah law aims to regulate the use of spyware and other advertising software, which is infamous for annoying computer users by tracking and reporting their Web whereabouts and displaying ads.

A software company that wants to load a surveillance program onto a Utah user’s PC must make full disclosure, under the law. It must reveal what user behavior its software records, what information goes back to a central server, how often ads will appear, and how the ads look. Vendors must also clearly state the purpose of the downloaded software and any changes it makes to a PC’s system.

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