Australians take aim at spyware

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Australians take aim at spyware

Under new Australian legislation introduced by Democrats in the country, anyone convicted of installing spyware or cookies on computers without permission would face imprisonment of up to two years.

Brian Greig, the Democrats’ information technology spokesman, said Thursday that the Spyware Bill 2005 was not designed to ban spyware or other unauthorized installations but to require companies to obtain permission from the owner of the computer before proceeding.

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