I know this article is over 3 days old but I wanted to post it and discuss it here: Two bills passed by the U.S. House of Representatives this week could make it easier for law enforcement officials to prosecute purveyors of antispyware and help security vendors develop tools aimed at blocking the programs. But the international nature of the problem makes it unlikely that the proposed U.S. laws will do much to stanch the spread of spyware, several IT managers said this week. "I'm very happy that they are trying to do something," said Steve Gelfound, IT operations manager at the Endangered Child Unit of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Alexandria, Va. "But it's really hard to try and control the Internet." Gelfound called the proliferation of spyware a global problem. "Until everybody agrees to get together and do something, it's going to be almost impossible to stop it," he said. The two bills, which were approved by wide margins, would impose monetary penalties and jail terms for people who use spyware programs to gather information from computers, monitor usage and serve up advertisements without user consent. Both bills still have to be approved by the Senate and signed by President Bush. The remainder of the article is here.