Thanks to Sony BMG, thereis now talk of banning rootkits. Last fall, Sony BMG was found to be using roootkit techology in their DRM copy protection software. The rootkit left computers vulnerable to malicous attacks and now the Department of Homeland Security is tlking about possibly banning rootkits.
According to CNET's Joris Evers, Jonathan Frenkel, director of law enforcement policy at the U.S Department of Homeland Security, in speaking at the RSA Conference voiced his concern about the use of rootkit technology and suggesgted the possibility of legislation or regulation to avoid future risks brought about by the use of rootkits. I don't forsee this happening, but I could be wrong.