Participants in a 2004 software workshop hosted by the Federal Trade Commission could not agree on the definition of terms like "spyware" and "adware," according to an FTC meeting report issued this week. Some participants held that any software that sapped user bandwidth, was installed without user knowledge and directly led to ad serving was spyware, while ad serving industry representatives argued that it was the transmission of personally identifiable data about Web surfing habits that distinguished spyware from more legitimate adware.

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