The US House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation designed to protect PC users from spyware despite the strong objections of internet-based businesses that warned the measure could interfere with many legitimate online activities. House members passed the Spy Act by a margin of 368-48. It is …
"It also proposes punishments for those who distribute software that tries to bypass a computer's security mechanisms, transmits personal information about the user without notification or is used to carry out a federal crime."
Doesn't that cover Microsoft phone home type situations?
RE: Phone Home
When you install Windows you have to agree to allow M$ to collect information before you can use their OS so that would seem to comply with the "opt-in" requirements of the bill.
Time to break out the bats. IT people now have a new weapon !!! Wohoo !
RE: Interesting ..
Nope, they'll be exempt. One way or the other.
A note to the needed effect is probably hidden in the EULA anyway.