Thursday, April 28, 2005

Trespass & Deception (for starters)

Sick Spitzer on 'em! Why didn't we think of that earlier? A NY State official whose powers are now effectively nationwide in reach. The man is strongly reminiscent of my favorite ex-pres, Theodore Roosevelt. Bully.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued a major Internet marketer today, blaming it for secretly installing software that can slow and crash personal computers.

Spitzer accuses Intermix of redirecting millions of computer users to Web sites where ads get displayed, adding unnecessary toolbars to Web browsers and delivering unwanted ads that pop up on computer screens.

''Spyware and adware are more than an annoyance,'' Spitzer said. ''These fraudulent programs foul machines, undermine productivity and in many cases frustrate consumers' efforts to remove them from their computers.''

Spitzer's civil suit accuses Intermix of violating state General Business Law provisions against false advertising and deceptive business practices, and accuses them of trespass under New York common law. Additional suits may follow.

Spitzer, after taking on Wall Street and the insurance industry, is taking a harder look at Internet companies he believes are stunting the growth of e-commerce.

''Said Kenneth Dreifach, chief of Spitzer's Internet Bureau, ''Increasingly, people don't feel in control.''

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