Thursday, November 30, 2006

Why spam is still a problem

The European Commission has published a report into the growth of spam showing that it accounts for between 50 and 80 per cent of all e-mails, at a worldwide cost of €39 billion (£26 billion). According to its latest press release:

The new Communication on Spam acknowledges that legislative tools to fight these threats already exist, in particular the EU-wide “ban on spam” adopted in 2002 as part of the ePrivacy Directive (see IP/03/1015). However, implementation is still a problem in most EU Member States. To improve, they should now lay down clear lines of responsibility to use the tools available under EU law effectively. Because of the criminal trend in spam and its cross border aspects, good cooperation between enforcement authorities is paramount. In the Commission's view, spam fighters should have sufficient resources. The Dutch fall in spam was achieved through prosecutions by spam fighter OPTA, with just 5 full-time employees and €570,000 invested in equipment. Although we have the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications 2002/58/EC, more still needs to be done to tackle this problem.
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