April 12, 2004

The Pure Software Act of 2006


Spyware is the scourge of desktop computing, says columnist Simson Garfinkel. To beat back this menace, he proposes borrowing an idea from 100 years ago. Congress, he says, should pass legislation requiring that software come with product labels that would reveal to consumers specific functions built into the programs. Such legislation would likely have the same kind of pro-consumer results as the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906—the legislation that is responsible for today’s labels on food and drugs.

Posted by jackhodgson at April 12, 2004 12:06 PM