Spam would not exist if for the folks who buy from spammers. Spyware is no different, and plenty of big firms have been outed for advertising via the medium. And when the spyware firms specifically target children, well, you don’t need to guess regarding how I feel about that.
Now some folks have gotten the hint, and are zeroing in on spyware’s bread and butter.
Anti-spyware activists are attempting to recruit advertisers for their cause, hoping the big advertisers will reject efforts by spyware purveyors that do not respect computer users’ privacy. The campaign is being spearheaded by the Center for Democracy and Technology, a non-profit organization that pushes privacy and other initiatives in the internet space.
While this is a noble effort, I hope the CDT gets a little pushy with the likes of Time Life Disney Classics, Virgin Mobile, Sprint PCS, T-Mobile, Verizon, Chase, Ameriquest, DirectTV, Pitney Bowes, and Merck, as there is a lot of cash involved. These big boys would not be utilizing the channel if it didn’t work. I suspect getting them to change their tune is going to take a lot of time and money.