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Anti-spyware group releases guidelines

The Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC) has finalised a set of documents designed to provide new information and tactics to software companies developing anti-spyware products.

One of the documents, called "Best Practices: Guidelines to Consider in the Evaluation of Potentially Unwanted Technologies," details a recommended process by which companies can identify software as unwanted or malicious, based on the coalition’s definition of spyware and risk models.

Another document, "Conflict Identification and Resolution Process," is aimed at preventing the situation in which two competing anti-spyware companies get into an unwanted conflict between their respective software products.

The ASC was founded in 2005 to build a consensus about definitions and best practices in the debate surrounding spyware and other malware technologies. The process of completing the two newly finalised documents – now posted on the organisation's website – took more than a year.

We need more initiatives like this to be able to combat the organised crime now plaguing companies and individuals through spyware and keyloggers. What we don’t need is for them to take a year to gestate. In normal terms, a year wouldn’t be too bad. But in security, that’s still too long.

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