Antispam panel says proposed laws aren't enough

Antispam advocates say that two proposals under discussion in the US Congress do not go far enough towards eliminating spam.

Antispam advocates say that two proposals under discussion in the US Congress do not go far enough towards eliminating spam.

The group of eight panellists a US Federal Trade Commission forum rejected a proposal to offer a bounty to people who reported spammers the requirement of all commercial e-mail to carry an "ADV" label, saying a bounty was unnecessary because people were only too willing to report spammers. They added that spammers would ignore the labelling requirement and legitimate marketers would find their e-mails being filtered out by ISPs and e-mail users.

The other proposal - known as the Can-Spam law, suggested a $10 fine per e-mail for persistent spammers, which some said was too low. "At $10 a pop, it's basically the cost of doing business," one added.

Most of the panel agreed, however, that existing laws were not deterring spammers, largely because they varied from state to state, and because other crimes took priority.

 

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