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'Spyware' Eludes Easy Answers

Federal regulators and the business community “still have a little bit of homework to do” before deciding on the best way to protect people from computer software that tracks their Web-surfing habits, a top U.S. consumer protection official said today. Speaking today at a Federal Trade Commission workshop, Commissioner Mozelle Thompson said it is too early for Congress and the states to pass laws to ban “spyware.” Instead, he said, technology businesses should teach consumers how to avoid falling victim to identity theft scams and other dangers that spyware poses. “There are some kinds of practices that we may consider unfair or deceptive that we already have existing power to pursue,” said Thompson, referring to laws against consumer fraud and identity theft. Full Story

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