Save the date: Anti-Spyware Coalition public workshop

Posted on November 21, 2007 - 13:43 by egeorge

The Anti-Spyware Coalition, of which StopBadware is a member, will hold its next public workshop on January 31 in Washington, DC. The theme for the day will be "Spyware: What's Worked, What's Left, and What's Coming."

The ASC's last conference was held here at Harvard, and proved to be an excellent opportunity for a meeting of minds in the anti-spyware space. You can read StopBadware staffers' notes from that event here.

For more info about the January event, including planned panels and registration, head to the ASC website at

More debate over anti-spyware laws

Posted on July 2, 2007 - 13:23 by egeorge

Debate over several proposed U.S. federal anti-spyware laws continued at the Anti-Spyware Coalition conference last week at Harvard. In a panel on public policy moderated by StopBadware's own John Palfrey, panelists from the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Federal Trade Commission disagreed on the best way forward for legislation that combats spyware.

The three potential bills at stake are the I-Spy Act and the Spy Act, both recently passed in the House, and the Counter Spy Act, recently re-introduced in the Senate after failing to pass in previous sessions. Ari Schwartz, deputy director of the CDT, said that the CDT supports all three bills, on the principle that any further clarification of the illegality of spyware is a good thing. Tracy Shapiro, an attorney at the FTC, said that the FTC feels it already has enough legal power at its disposal and that further legislation might actually cause confusion.

InfoWorld highlights the debate in an article here. You can also read more about the I-Spy and Spy acts in earlier StopBadware blog posts here.