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  • It will never fly. An interest group will quickly come to say, "while we in the EU are heaping on large costs to comply with the governments' rules on quality, the software makers in Brazil and the USA and whatnot are cheaper and quicker, and the consumers naturally go for them".

    How about this: like with organic/non-genetically-modified food, let the authorities issue a stamp of quality. Those who want or need high quality software will go for it. So this is a wholly volunteer thing and the market regulat

    • As for software from other countries, they may be cheaper and quicker, but we still have liability laws for non-software products from them. If a small shop in Texas sells their software in Europe via the Internet and they hurt people, you could still bring suit. For shrink-wrapped software, Europe could simply ban the software from being shipped here if they didn't comply. Granted you might not get anywhere suing software manufacturers from other companies, but that's the way it would work for smaller c

      • Microsoft will release more secure software and they'll probably be hurt by this because they've been going on too long without security.

        Why do you believe this? Microsoft is not in the habit of complying with regulations it considers annoying or onerous. I'm sure Microsoft is also very capable of demonstrating irreparable harm to its business (and if you want to talk about negative externalities, consider the cost to customers) by breaking all existing software.

        Maybe the government should also run a Toys for Insecure Software program.