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April 27, 2007

SPY ACT Passes Out of Subcommittee

Ars Technica is reporting that the Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act (SPY ACT Act, get it?) has cleared the House House Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection.  The Act has mixed reception from activists.  The EFF says that it may make things worse, while the Center for Democracy and Technology (they of the Google-DoubleClick complaint) say that having a federal standard is not a bad thing.  They also praise the bill for giving the FTC the ability to levy civil penalties against spammers. 

The bill is HR 964.  Hearings were held by the Subcommittee on March 15th, 2007.  No transcripts are available as of now.  The webcast is available for view or download here.  Note the download availability is new for the 110th Congress.  The tendency was to allow viewing but not having.  C-SPAN is another source for hearings generally, but buying a copy of a hearing to own as usually an expensive proposition.  Kudos to Congress for making some of the people's work free to the people, even if Windows Media Player is the vehicle.

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