House votes to outlaw computer spyware

House votes to outlaw computer spyware

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday voted to
establish new penalties for purveyors of Internet ‘spyware’ that
disables users’ computers and secretly monitors their activities.

By overwhelming majorities, the House passed two bills that stiffen
jail sentences and establish multimillion-dollar fines for those who
use secret surveillance programs to steal credit card numbers, sell
software or commit other crimes.

(Via Privacy Digest.)

I wonder if this applies to government agencies? I’m sure they are allowed to use secret surveillance programs to spy on the productive people without whom they would starve.

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