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Thursday, October 07, 2004

[FOLLOWUP] House Mandates Prison Time for Spyware

In a follow-up to the article posted Tuesday about the House passing strict regulations for spyware, today the House unanimously passed a supporting bill specifying criminal penalties for attempting to install software on a computer without the user's explicit permission. Under the Internet Spyware Prevention Act, violators face up to five years in prison, in addition to fines levied via the earlier bill. The bill also covers "phishing" scams.