Wednesday, July 07, 2004

UN agency takes aim at cleaning up spam

From the Toronto Star:

GENEVA—The United Nations is aiming to bring a "modern day epidemic" of junk e-mail under control within two years by standardizing legislation to make it easier to prosecute offenders, a leading expert says.

Spam has become "an epidemic on our hands that we need to learn how to control," Robert Horton, acting chief of the Australian communications authority, told reporters yesterday. "International co-operation is the ultimate goal."

Technoflak is not enthusiastic. If this means an international version of the tough Virginia anti-spam law it will be a fine thing, if it means an international version of the federal law, which essentially legalizes spam, then it will make things worse.

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