Monday, 28 July 2008

Spam law effectiveness

Infopackets has an article about the effectiveness of the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 - aka the CAN-SPAM Act . They report that the amount of email spam now is 5 to 10 times higher than in 2003 when the CAN-SPAM Act first went into effect. The Federal Trade Commission is responsible for enforcement of the law and while investigations are allegedly underway, and there is the occasional arrest (the last was SPAMmer Alan Ralsky in January of this year) little has been done. In May, the FTC approved four new rules (text from the CFR here) in an attempt to tighten up enforcement; the rules went into effect this month so the effects aren't yet known.

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