Anti-Spyware Coalition publishes spyware guidelines
The ASC, a group dedicated into building a consensus about definitions and best practices surrounding spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies, published today a set of guidelines to help define what spywares are all about.
Composed of anti-spyware software companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL, McAfee, Symantec, Adaware, and numerous others, the ASC seeks to bring together a diverse array of perspective on the problem of controlling spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies.
These guidelines are divided into five parts:
- A set of definitions describing the various forms of spyware
- A glossary, to explain the terminology used in the anti-spyware industry
- Some instructions to help vendors who are accused of distributing spyware to clear their name
- Anti-Spyware safety Tips for consumers
- The Risk Model Description, a document built on the four other ones, which classify spywares into different threat levels: low, medium and high.
Will this initiative help to bring us into a safer online world? Let's wait and see.