Here We Go Again: Congress Attempts to Outlaw Spyware

Capitol Hill Briefing
November 5, 2004 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

HC-6 U.S. Capitol Building

Featuring Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute and Orson Swindle, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission.

Without doubt, computer "spyware" is a serious problem. Just like spam, this Internet pathology frustrates consumers and costs time and money. What should the information technology industry do? What should Congress do? Though well-intentioned, proposals to outlaw spyware may be no more effective than the CAN-SPAM law. Proposed anti-spyware laws may divert attention from technological solutions, put federal bureaucrats in charge of software design, and suppress future innovation. Please join us for a briefing on Internet and software regulation, including alternatives that may be better for consumers.