Reaching the conclusion that having 16 months of useless Dlibertesque meetings is worse than the current invasion of keystroke logging, spam sending and ad spitting spyware, the Consortium of Anti-Spyware Technology vendors (Coast) has been disbanded.
The organisation aimed to rid the world of spyware by creating industry standards, but in the end couldn't even agree about the definition of spyware. After all, one person's unwanted ad bar is the other person's marketing dream come true.
The organisation also allowed itself to be infiltrated by several vendors whose products can be considered spyware, including 180solutions from Bellevue, Washington and WeatherBug from Gaithersburg, Maryland-based.
We all witness on a daily basis what happens if you let the malware creators get involved in regulating their own industry – after all that's why the "CAN-Spam" act, American legislation that aims to regulate the sending of unsolicited commercial emails, is utterly useless.
Given that precedent, the death of Coast might not be such a bad thing after all.
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