Saturday, January 31, 2009

The End of Spam? Not Anytime Soon.

At the Information Security Best Practices Conference at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Comcast's senior counsel and chief privacy officer, Gerald Lewis, echoed similar statements of Professor Kagan, noting that the Can-Spam act of 2003 "hasn't done anything to curb spam" despite being "a well intentioned law." He also stated that the biggest issue with regulations like the Can-Spam act is that they do not have jurisdiction overseas, where the majority of spam originates. Moreover, Chris Marsden, a professor at the University of Essex, stated that numerous anti-Spam regulation schemes were being drawn up in the UK and ISPs will likely see more regulation, although he further claimed that giving consumers more tools is not necessarily the answer, stating, "ISPs have made it clear that consumers will not implement filters."

Although the idea of mandatory filtering for spam and content on all PCs as a regulatory requirement was discussed, I believe the same issues found with current regulations would exist. Specifically, PCs outside of the jurisdiction of any regulation will remain unfiltered and contaminated. It seems that Spam isn't going anywhere, anytime soon.

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