Two Measures to Thwart Identity Theft and Computer Crime Clear the House

May 23, 2005

Washington, May 23, 2005 - "Connecting to the internet is no longer an option," said Congressman Dana Rohrabcher, "it is a necessity. I am very pleased two measures to ensure and enhance the privacy and safety of internet and computer users has passed the House today. I am hopeful this legislation will help to stem the tide of identity theft and fraud that is hurting American consumers."

H.R. 29, Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act, protects individuals from unknowingly downloading spyware by requiring that consumers receive a clear and conspicuous notice prior to the transmission of any spyware software. The bill additionally includes provisions to prohibit unfair or deceptive behavior such as key-stroke logging, computer high jacking, phishing and the display of advertisements that cannot be closed.

H.R. 744, the Internet Spyware (I-SPY) Prevention Act, also addresses spyware by making it a criminal offense to intentionally access a computer without authorization, or intentionally exceed authorized access, by causing a computer program or code to be copied onto the computer and using that program or code to further another federal criminal offense; intentionally obtain or transmit "personal information" with the intent of injuring or defrauding a person or damaging a computer; or intentionally impair the security protections of a computer with the intent of injuring or defrauding a person or damaging a computer.