Sabrina I. Pacifici's fantastic blog, beSpacific, is reporting that yet another anti-spyware bill has been introduced in the US Congress:
beSpacific: Another Antispyware Bill Introduced Today
Press release: "U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today announced the introduction of legislation to prohibit a variety of surreptitious practices that result in spyware, adware and other unwanted software being placed on consumers’ computers. The bipartisan SPYBLOCK (Software Principles Yielding Better Levels of Consumer Knowledge) Act, introduced with Senator Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), would prohibit the installation of software on a computer without the owner’s notice and consent. The legislation also 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."
Related legislation: H.R. 29, the Spy Act.