United States

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

On April 19, 2004, the Federal Trade Commission hosted a one-day public spyware workshop to explore the issues associated with the distribution and effects of software that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge and which may send such information to another entity without the consumer's consent, or asserts control over a computer without the consumer's knowledge. The FTC’ website contains the transcripts, presentations of the participants, press releases and the open public consultation process that closed on May 21, 2004.

FTC Staff Report on the Spyware Workshop (March 7, 2005)

FTC Spyware Recommendation in English and in Spanish

FTC Spyware Complaint Form

On Guard On Line’s section on Spyware

FTC Spyware Case Summary


Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, “Outcome of the Review of the Legislative Framework on Spyware”. This government related document provides the outcome of the review of existing Australian laws and their coverage in respect of the malicious practices associated with spyware, as well as general information on spyware.