By Stefanie Olsen
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
An organization created to set anti-spyware standards has folded, following internal turmoil and the abrupt departures of several founding members.
The Consortium of Anti-Spyware Technology vendors, or Coast, was founded in 2003 as a nonprofit group of anti-spyware companies to help establish industry-binding guidelines defining spyware and a code of ethics surrounding the distribution of desktop software. But in February, co-founder Webroot Software dissented when, according to its vice president of research, the group sought to reform adware developers by helping them change and become certified Coast members.
Two months later, the group has been dissolved.
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