[Politech] FTC officials irk Congress by suggesting "anti-spyware" law unnecessary

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Date: Thu Apr 29 2004 - 21:32:51 PDT

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    FTC officials blast spyware measures
    Last modified: April 29, 2004, 11:30 AM PDT
    By Declan McCullagh
    Staff Writer, CNET News.com
    Two Federal Trade Commission officials ignited a political firestorm on 
    Thursday by criticizing proposed laws targeting spyware and suggesting 
    that the measures might harm legitimate software products, too.
    During an appearance before a House of Representatives panel, FTC 
    Commissioner Mozelle Thompson said the measures were the wrong approach 
    to spyware and adware. "I do not believe legislation is the answer at 
    this time," he said. "Instead, we should give industry the time to 
    respond...Self-regulation combined with enforcement of existing laws 
    might be the best way to go."
    Members of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection 
    reacted angrily to the advice, accusing Thompson and Howard Beales, 
    director of the FTC's bureau of consumer protection, of being the only 
    Americans who enjoyed having their computers infected by spyware and adware.
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