Friday, November 04, 2005

Montreal Firm Target in Battle Against Spyware

As a follow-up to the Oct. 27, 2005 posting Anti-Spyware Coalition Finalizes Spyware Definitions, it was reported today that consumer watchdog groups in Canada and the United States have filed simultaneous complaints in both countries against a Montreal firm accused of distributing spyware.

According to the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), the U.S. Center for Democracy & Technology and CIPPIC have asked the American Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Canadian Competition Bureau to investigate the business practices of Montreal-based software distributor Integrated Search Technologies and several of its business partners. "The filing marks the first time that the Bureau has been asked to investigate a spyware company, and the first time that the FTC has been asked to investigate the practices of a Canadian spyware vendor". On the CIPPIC website, one can find links to the joint press release as well as the texts of the applications to the FTC and the Competition Bureau.
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posted by Michel-Adrien at 7:00 pm


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