Definition of Spyware

The Anti-Spyware Coalition has released its Final Working Report of the Spyware Definitions and Supporting Documents.

The Anti-Spyware Coalition is made up of public interest groups, trade associations and prominent anti-spyware companies and their distributors. The coalition is working to identify common definitions, tools and practices that will improve the effectiveness of anti-spyware technology and help consumers better understand how those tools work to defend them. The first phase of that process is to establish common definitions of spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies so that vendors, software developers and consumers could better communicate about what sorts of technologies raise concerns, and how anti-spyware programs identify potentially unwanted programs.

The ASC has released a draft list of a broad set of behaviors that its members can use to help users make decisions – Risk Model Description.