UK Government Looks at Revising Flawed Anti-Spam Law
The UK government has admitted that it may be forced to strengthen the much-maligned legislation for anti-spam introduced in 2003.
The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations came into force on 11 December 2003 but the legislation has been criticised by anti-spam campaigners and data protection watchdog the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
The problem with the law is that while it bans the sending of spam to individuals, it does not stop spammers sending unsolicited junk emails to businesses.
The Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) claimed at the time that hundreds of UK businesses had backed this approach but a subsequent silicon.com investigation into the DTI's consultation revealed that just six organisations were in fact in favour of the "opt out" clause for businesses.
The ICO also says the law does not give it enough powers to track down and prosecute spammers, especially when they originate from outside the UK.
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