Winning the spyware wars
The internet is the quintessential free lunch: in exchange for free software and free information, we get free viruses and free spyware. It is a high price to pay for a bargain.
But now the price of internet freedom has begun to fall: under pressure from legislators, regulators, internet civil liberties groups and Eliot Spitzer, scourge of Wall Street, internet advertisers are beginning to realise they can no longer extract such a high price for free stuff. Some of the worst offenders of the “badware” world – companies that litter our computers with annoying pop-up adverts and secret profiling software – have begun to clean up their act. FT.com / Comment & analysis / Columnists - Patti Waldmeir: Winning the spyware wars
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