Anti-Spyware Coalition Finalizes Spyware Definition

Anti-Spyware Coalition Finalizes Spyware Definition; Releases Risk Modeling Document; Announces Public Meeting

Washington, D.C. – October 27, 2005 – The Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC), an alliance of technology companies and public interest groups, today announced several key accomplishments in its ongoing effort to help users combat the unwanted and often dangerous spyware infesting their computers.

As both Cyber-Security and Domestic Violence Awareness Month draws to a close,  ASC today unveiled its final, consensus definition of spyware, which was developed by coalition members including major anti-spyware companies, software developers and public interest groups. The definitions were further shaped by almost 400 comments submitted by organizations and individuals to the ASC Web site ( The final document, available now on the ASC Web site, will serve as the foundation for all of the coalition’s future anti-spyware efforts.

The coalition announced the first of those efforts today: an ASC “risk modeling” document that outlines the objective criteria anti-spyware vendors use to determine whether to identify a piece of software as “spyware.”  The document, which goes into considerable technical detail about the specific behaviors that make certain technologies risky, will help users better understand how the products that protect their computers work, as well as offering anti-spyware companies guidelines for their own proprietary rating processes, but still keeping a robust marketplace for anti-spyware technologies.

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