How the US SAFE WEB Act Would Help the FTC: A Hypothetical Spyware Case
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Overview: This paper illustrates ways in which the US SAFE WEB Act could help the FTC in a hypothetical spyware investigation. Although the specific fact-pattern is fictional, it is based on problems the FTC has encountered in several separate investigations. The FTC receives several consumer complaints about a particular spyware program and sees several news reports about how this program is being used to steal consumer data. The program is also causing many consumers computers to crash.