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Putting Pandora back in her box

Trying to control spam is like trying to control the weather, the tide or the pull of gravity -- it seems hopeless. The federal government passed legislation several years ago called the CAN-SPAM Act (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act), which was meant to do just that, but it hasn't.

While spammers are now required to feature truthful header information, honest subject lines and an opt-out method ("Click on this link to unsubscribe to this email list..."), the law is difficult to enforce and hasn't stopped the veritable Katrina of spam that continues to slam our electronic mailboxes. When one spammer can send out two billion pieces of email a week, stopping the onslaught with a high-profile prosecution here or there is, frankly, a joke. And given the fact that our weak laws can't be enforced overseas, and that an increasing percentage of spam originates in other countries, any attempt to control spam through the law becomes that much more pitiful.

ยป Morning Sentinel Online - Blethen Maine Newspapers - 18-08-2006

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