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Senator Boxer On Computer Privacy
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                                    Dear Friend:
                                    
                                    I recently joined my colleagues, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden
                                    (D-Ore.) and Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) in introducing legislation
                                    to better protect the privacy of American computer users. Our
                                    bill would prohibit spyware, adware, and other invasive
                                    software from being secretly installed on Americans' computers. 
                                    
                                    Our SPYBLOCK (Software Principles Yielding Better Levels of
                                    Consumer Knowledge) Act would prohibit installing software on
                                    somebody else's computer without notice and consent, and
                                    requires reasonable "uninstall" procedures for all downloadable
                                    software.  Spyware, adware and other hidden programs often
                                    secretly piggyback on downloaded Internet software without the
                                    user's knowledge, transmitting information about computer usage
                                    and generating pop-up advertisements.  Frequently such software
                                    is designed to be virtually impossible to uninstall.
                                     
                                    This legislation will give consumers control over the programs
                                    that are downloaded onto their computers.  As more and more
                                    people use the Internet, privacy violations become a greater
                                    threat, and we want to give computer users the power to protect
                                    themselves from spyware and other hazardous software.
                                     
                                    The bill also prohibits programs designed to trick users about
                                    who is responsible for content a user sees, such as causing a
                                    counterfeit replica of a company's Web site to appear whenever
                                    the consumer attempts to navigate toward a legitimate company's
                                    Web site.  These types of programs have been used to
                                    fraudulently obtain personal financial information from users
                                    confused by dummy Web sites.
                                     
                                    The bill would be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission
                                    (FTC) and state attorneys general.  The FTC could impose
                                    penalties just as it does for unfair and deceptive practices,
                                    including cease-and-desist orders and civil fines.  State
                                    attorneys general could bring suits seeking injunctions, plus
                                    damages or other relief.
                                     
                                    People who use computers need to have a better sense that their
                                    private information and their computers are protected.  Our
                                    bill aims to do just that.  If you have any questions or
                                    comments about this or any other federal matter, I invite you
                                    to contact me at http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/webform.cfm . 
                                    
                                    Sincerely,
                                    
                                    Barbara Boxer
                                    United States Senator
                                    
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