|Received:||3/21/2004 7:40:03 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
This week I received an e-mail entitled: Find and Ruin Anyone with Spyware. This is advertising software for an illegal purpose and should be stopped. This is the second time that I have received such an advertisement. I opted out from Double-Click spyware that I found in my computer (using SpyBot), but 1) I have found their spyware in my computer again on several occassions; 2) I found a Double-Click cookie that would not delete; and 3) I have never received a reply when I have contacted companies (whose spyware I have found in my computer) that I want information they have gleened from my computer removed from their database. It is illegal to place a tap on someone's telephone line without a writ. So why is it legal to use that same telephone line to place 'bugs' (i.e., spyware) into my computer? This spyware finds any information about the user and sends it out the backdoor of the computer circumventing the user's permission to persons whose intent is unknown to the user. I am adamently opposed to spyware and would like to see some regulations placed on spyware.