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RE: [dvd-discuss] (Fwd) Senator Boxer On Computer Privacy

If she is so concerned about privacy issues, I wonder
what her stand on this one is:

California Assembly Bill 2735 and Senate Bill 1506 would require anyone who knowingly disseminates commercial recorded or audiovisual material over the Internet to mark it with his or her name and address or face a possible one-year prison sentence.

(The above information came from a 321studios mailing list.)

-Richard M. Hartman

186,000 mi/sec: not just a good idea, it's the LAW!

> -----Original Message-----
> From: microlenz@earthlink.net [mailto:microlenz@earthlink.net]
> Sent: Friday, March 19, 2004 7:15 PM
> To: dvd-discuss@eon.law.harvard.edu
> Subject: [dvd-discuss] (Fwd) Senator Boxer On Computer Privacy
> It would be nice if she included a URL to the bill too....
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> From:           	"U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer" 
> <BulletinFeedback@boxer.senate.gov>
> To:             	"microlenz@earthlink.net" 
> <microlenz@earthlink.net>
> Subject:        	Senator Boxer On Computer Privacy
> Date sent:      	Fri, 19 Mar 2004 06:13:52 -0800
> I thought you would be interested in the following message.
> ===================================================
> 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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