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
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
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