Chicago environmental attorney Shawn Collins, who admits “he is often the butt of jokes at his firm because of how little he knows about technology,” is taking the legal angle of trespass to chattels (the legal concept akin to “stay the hell away from my personal property”) to fight adware. And it seems to be working.
He's been using a computer for only a year, but 48-year-old Shawn Collins wants to accomplish what the software industry has failed to do: stop annoying pop-up ads and spyware from intruding into personal computers.
The Naperville attorney considers spyware to be akin to cyberwaste.
"The Internet is being polluted," he said. "I look at spyware companies as industrial polluters."