Anti-Spyware Fight an Ongoing Effort
The Anti-Spyware Coalition today released updates to its two public documents, the Risk Model Description and the Definitions documents. These updates reflect changes to the documents made by the group in the months since their initial release. The Coalition sought to clarify several points, add a number of new items and fix small cosmetic errors in the original documents. The Anti-Spyware Coalition is a working group convened by the CDT in February of 2005. It is made up of a unique combination of anti-spyware vendors, consumer oriented public interest groups of many stripes and a few educational establishments. It was convened with the goal of developing new solutions to the problems of spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies. Over the course of the past year, the ASC has released two sets of documents and conducted two Public Workshops. During both the workshops and the development of the documents, public input has been of the utmost importance to the Coalition. Each new document that is released goes through a public comment period, and the final document reflects the comments received in many ways. Similarly, the edited versions of those documents being released today are the result of comments that the ASC has received both at our Public Workshops and from our website. Over the next few months to a year, keep an eye out for further developments from the Anti-Spyware Coalition. We're working on a document laying out best practices for software developers, as we have intended to do since the convening of the group. In addition, we're planning a number of panels at prominent security workshops, where we hope to deal with issues affecting corporate IT departments in their fight against spyware. Check back on our website regularly for up-to-date info.