I wonder how much the FTC earned in interest.
CNET is calling the impending congressional bills on stopping spyware the “Son of Can-Spam”; I think the whole mess is more akin to that crazy uncle nobody in the family wants to talk about.
The FTC and Congress are are fighting a turf war over spyware – the FTC says they can handle it, and congressional “leaders” think they can squeeze some good PR out of the mess. One thing is for certain: if Congress passes a law that looks anything like CAN-SPAM, you can expect a lot more spyware in all kinds of new shapes sizes to hit your computer, as these laws only seem to make miscreants more creative instead of more law-abiding.
You have to love it when a politician speaks out on a technical issue, ties their tongue up in knots, and talks down to the mainstream in hopes of taking some credit for a public issue. I think that the latest statement by the Chairperson of the Federal Trade Commission speaks volumes for that love. Unfortunately, I can’t bash the politician here, as the one in mind didn’t give much credit to the regulations either.