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SpamAssassin by Alistair McDonald

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Spam and the Law

In the USA, legislation proceedings on spam have been in progress since 1997. The latest legislation is the CAN-SPAM act (Bill number S.877) of 2003. This supersedes many state laws and is currently being used to prosecute persistent spammers. However, it is not proving a deterrent; the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (CAUCE) reported in June 2004 that despite several high-profile lawsuits by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and ISPs, spam volumes were still increasing. The CAN-SPAM act is seen as weak on two counts: that consumers have to explicitly opt-out from commercial emails, and secondly, only ISPs can take action against spammers.

In Europe, legislation exists that makes spamming illegal. However, when ...

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