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House passes anti-spyware bills

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Thursday unanimously passed its second bill in three days that targets computer "spyware." Today the House voted unanimously to pass the "Internet Spyware Prevention Act" which will stiffen jail sentences and provide the Justice Department with an extra $10 million annually to enforce the measure.

On Tuesday, the House passed a bill that established multimillion dollar fines for spyware users. The sponsors of the bills expect to combine them with a pending bill in the Senate. The Information Technology Association of America has expressed reservations about the new bills. The House bill approved Tuesday is HR 2929; the bill passed today is HR 4661. AP has more.

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