Bye Bye Spy: New State Law Protects Against Fraudulent Installation, but Leaves the Rest to the Individual.

Spyware and Adware, software nuisances that secretly monitor internet activity and collect personal information from often unsuspecting consumers, may soon be outlawed nationwide. A California bill, signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger, states that intentionally deceptive practices cannot be used to copy such programs to a consumer's computer.