Washington, DC – Yesterday, a spyware bill with dangerous unintended consequences became law in Utah. NetChoice Executive Director, Steve DelBianco, made the following comments in response:

“While spyware has become a serious problem, this law causes far more problems than it solves. It is unlikely to stop bad actors intent on delivering spyware to Utah computers. Instead, the Utah law would regulate consumer-friendly software and services and expose legitimate businesses to frivolous lawsuits.

In fact, owners of pornography sites may now be able to sue parental control providers for $10,000 every time their pages were blocked under this bill. In the future, the plaintiff’s bar will undoubtedly target large e-commerce and Internet companies, as they did under Utah’s disastrous experiment with an anti-spam law.”