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Anti-spyware bill takes a baby step in Congress

A House subcommittee has again approved a bill that would impose a penalty of up to five years in prison for malicious spyware-related activity. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) reintroduced the measure, known as the Internet Spyware Prevention Act, or I-Spy for short, in mid-March. Similar versions passed the House by overwhelming margins in the past two congressional sessions but died before coming to a vote in the Senate.

Google’s board  is recommending that shareholders vote down a
proposal that would require the company to legally resist government censorship efforts and notify users when the company is required by a government to censor search results. The proposal was submitted to both Google and Yahoo by the New York City Comptroller, who oversees city government employee retirement funds which together hold 486,617 shares of Google stock, a stake worth more than $228 million.