Spyware Could Be a Crime

By Deane Barker on October 6, 2004

House Passes Tough Computer Anti-Spyware Bill: I hope they arrest the Bonzi Buddy crew en masse and broadcast it live in CNN.

By a vote of 399 to 1, the House moved to outlaw a range of aggressive advertising and surveillance activities that have outraged consumers over the past two years.



  1. Your official stick-in-the-mud was Ron Paul (R), Texas 14th District:


    On his web site he lists his ‘Freedom Principles’: http://www.house.gov/paul/bio.shtml

    Some of these are: “All voluntary associations should be permissible — economic and social.” And: “The lives and actions of people are their own responsibility, not the government’s.”

    He probably felt that the whole principal of this restriction would violate his stated principals. He was also one of only 7 Neas on HR 395, the National Do-Not-Call Registry.

    Wow, http://www.house.gov actually has some pretty good info.

  2. Rep. Ron Paul from Texas was the lone dissenter. Apparently he has higher principles than just wanting to please his constituents. A quote from his web site:

    Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution. In the words of former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Dr. Paul is the “one exception to the Gang of 535” on Capitol Hill.

    Reading his Bio and “Freedom Principles” makes me wonder if he has a summer cabin in Montana.

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