The FTC's asking Congress for some help against spyware; apparently the current laws leave them pretty toothless.|
Currently, the FTC has trouble imposing large fines because it can only do so in cases where 1) consumers suffer economic harm or 2) the company in question has profited from unlawful activity. Quantifying consumer harm from spyware is so difficult as to be often impossible, while figuring out exactly what percentage of a company's revenue has been earned from illicit sources can also be a nightmare. Unfortunately, we're talking about the US Congress (more specifically, the Senate) here. Chances of them doing the right thing and representing the interests of the people are about nil.