The Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC) was a group formed in 2005 with the goal to build a consensus about definitions and best practices in the debate surrounding spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies.[not verified in body]
Composed of anti-spyware software companies, academics, and consumer groups, the ASC seeks to bring together a diverse array of perspective on the problem of controlling spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies.
Formed in 2005, The ASC filled the void left by the dissolution of the Consortium of Anti-Spyware Technology Vendors (COAST) which broke up over internal dissent. The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), a non-profit public policy organization, spearheaded the movement in April 2005 when Ari Schwartz called together the initial group of Anti-Spyware companies.
The group gathered momentum by adding more members and started to build consensus by authoring a series of documents within the coalition, and then soliciting feedback from the community at large. The first set of documents consisted of a definition of Spyware (and potentially unwanted technologies) and a vendor dispute resolution process. This was followed by a "Risk Model" that provides Anti-Spyware vendors with a framework for classifying software. Most recently, in March 2007 the ASC published their public final draft of their long awaited Best Practices document.
- Cowley, Stacy, "Coast antispyware consortium falls apart", IDG News Service, http://www.infoworld.com/article/05/02/08/HNcoastfallsapart_1.html February 8, 2005
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