Webroot Resigns From Consortium of Anti-Spyware Technology Vendors (COAST)

Feb 04, 2005, 00:00 ET from Webroot Software

    BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Webroot Software announced today
 that after careful consideration, the company has decided to withdraw its
 membership from the Consortium of Anti-Spyware Technology Vendors (COAST).
 The company issued the following statement:
     "Webroot has always considered our obligations to our customers as our
 most important mission as a company.  We believe their protection, privacy and
 peace of mind are paramount and have developed products and supported public
 policies that reflect that view.  Our founding of the Consortium of
 Anti-Spyware Technology Vendors, or COAST, also reflected that position.
     Of late, we have become concerned that COAST is moving in a direction with
 which we cannot agree.  We have long championed an open dialog among
 anti-spyware solutions on standards criteria for defining spyware.  However,
 we are not comfortable with the idea of COAST as a certification body or as a
 marketing tool for member companies.  These concerns required Webroot to
 re-assess our affiliation with COAST and after careful consideration, Webroot
 is resigning from COAST, effective immediately.  The company will continue to
 play an active part in public dialogues about these issues, and will continue
 to participate in alliances and organizations that share our views and goals."
     About Webroot Software
     Webroot Software, a privately held company based in Boulder, Colorado,
 creates innovative privacy, protection and performance products and services
 for millions of users around the world, ranging from enterprises, Internet
 service providers, government agencies and higher education institutions, to
 small businesses and individuals.  The company provides a suite of
 high-quality, easy-to-use software that guides and empowers consumers as they
 surf the Web, protecting personal information and returning control over
 computing environments.  Webroot's software consistently receives top ratings
 and recommendations by respected third-party media and product reviewers.  In
 addition to buying these products online at www.webroot.com, Webroot products
 are found on the shelves of leading retailers around the world, including:
 Wal-Mart, Best Buy, CompUSA, Circuit City, Fry's, Staples and MicroCenter.  To
 find out more about Webroot, visit www.webroot.com or call 1-800-772-9383.
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