Spyware, Adware, Malware

Spyware related press:

Spyware: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

The U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing on April 29, 2004 exploring whether a legislative solution exists to the problem of spyware-adware-malware.  Representatives from The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Microsoft, Earthlink ISP, and The Center For Democracy and Technology testified.

The hearing focused on legislation introduced by Representative Mary Bono, H.R. 2929, "The Safeguard Against Privacy Invasion Act" (SPI Act).

Hearing witnesses prior to commencement.




Representative Cliff Stearns, Chairman, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection (top);  Mr. Stearns with Representative Jan Schakowsky (2nd & 3rd photo from top); Representatives Mary Bono, John Shadegg, Fred Upton (bottom) Representative Mary Bono

This hearing focused on her bill, H.R. 2929, "The Safeguard Against Privacy Invasion Act" (SPI Act)


Representative Jan Schakowsky (top); Representatives Ted Strickland (l) and Jay Inslee (r) 2nd photo from top.

Representative Inslee has also introduced Spyware legislation



Representative Joe Barton, Chairman, Committee On Energy & Commerce
Representative John B. Shadegg


Representative Fred Upton (top), and Representative James C. Greenwood


Hearing witnesses top photo (l-r), Mozelle W. Thompson, J. Howard Beales III, Ari Schwartz, David Baker, Jeffrey Friedberg  

The Honorable Mozelle W. Thompson, Commissioner, U.S. Federal Trade Commission



J. Howard Beales III, Director, Bureau Consumer Protection, U.S. Federal Trade Commission


David Baker, V.P. Law & Public Policy, Earthlink (top);
Ari Schwartz, Associate Director, Center For Democracy & Technology (bottom)
Jeffrey Friedberg, Director of Windows Privacy, The Microsoft Corporation



Hearing attendees





Representative Mary Bono (top)

FTC Commissioner
Mozelle W. Thompson (bottom)


Earthlink's David Baker gives Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns, and Congresswoman Mary Bono a real-time Spyware demonstration

Monitoring Software On Your PC: Spyware, Adware, And Other Software

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a day long public workshop on April 19, 2004 exploring issues surrounding PC spyware, adware, malware, and began a dialogue on solutions to a rapidly growing consumer and business computer usage problem.

You can read an event press release or agenda (pdf format).

Event related press:

Panel Two: Security Risks And PC Functionality

Moderator, David Koehler, FTC; John Gilroy, WAMU Ask The Computer Guys/Washington Post; Bryson Gordon, McAfee Security; Austin Hill, Zero-Knowledge Systems; Roger Thompson, Pest Patrol; Michael Wood, Lavasoft


Panel Three: Privacy Risks

Moderator Dean Forbes, FTC; Ray Everett-Church, TurnTide, Inc.; Evan Hendricks, Privacy Times, Chris Jay Hoofnagle, EPIC; James H. Koenig, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP; Ronald Plesser, Piper Rudnick LLP

Panel Four: Industry Responses To Spyware-Industry Best Practices And Working With The Government

Moderator Mozelle Thompson; Brian Arbogast, Microsoft; J. Trevor Hughes, Network Advertising Initiative; Chris Kelly, Spoke Software; Fran Maier, TRUSTe; Andrew McLaughlin, Google; Jules Polonetsky, AmericaOnline, Inc.; John Schwarz, Symantec Corp.

FTC Commissioner
Mozelle Thompson



Panel Five: Technological Responses To Spyware

Moderator Beverly Thomas, FTC; Steven Bellovin, AT&T Labs-Research; Jeffrey Friedberg, Microsoft; David Moll, WebRoot; Wayne Porter, SpywareGuide.com; Daniel Weitzner, World Wide Web Consortium


Panel Six: Government Responses To Spyware-Law Enforcement, Consumer Education, and Coordinating With Industry

Moderator, Beth Delaney, FTC; Jennifer Baird, Office of Rep. Mary Bono; Mark Eckenwiler, U.S. Dept. of Justice; Mary Engle, U.S. FTC; Elizabeth Prostic; Matthew Sarrel, PC Magazine; Stephen Urquhart, State Representative, Utah House Of Representatives

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