Senate Considers P2P Security Bill

Senate Considers P2P Security Bill
Senate Considers P2P Security Bill 

By Elizabeth Montalbano
February 25, 2010

The Senate is considering a bill that would require software developers 
to inform people when their files are made available to others via 
peer-to-peer networks.

Among other things, the P2P Cyber Protection and Informed User Act, 
introduced Wednesday by Sens. Amy Klobuchar and John Thune, would 
require people sharing software to alert users when they encounter a P2P 
program, according to a press statement from Sen. Klobuchar.

It also would make it unlawful to prevent an authorized PC user from 
blocking the installation of a P2P file-sharing program, or disabling or 
removing P2P programs.

Further, if the bill is passed, it also would give authority to enforce 
the act to the Federal Trade Commission.

Indeed, it was the FTC that spurred such legislation. Earlier this week, 
the FTC sent letters to almost 100 organizations letting them know that 
personal information, including sensitive data about customers and 
employees, is available to users of P2P networks and could be used for 
nefarious purposes.


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