The US House of Reps has passed an anti-spyware bill, which appears to ban a lot of insidious activities such as hijacking browsers. Congress still needs to pass it.

It sounds like a positive move, though I wonder how much of the spy (eg user tracking etc) part of these things will still be legal, hidden away in the small-print of user licence agreements, happily accepted by Mr/Ms Average User merrily clicking on “Yes” when installing Kazaa or whatever.

It doesn’t necessarily help those of us elsewhere in the world, but as is generally the case a lot of the evil bastard companies doing this kind of crap are US-based, and hopefully other governments would look at introducing similar laws.