Fighting Spam By Any Means Necessary

    Date12 Jun 2003
    CategoryGovernment
    2885
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The Federal Trade Commission has put spam at the top of its hit list and wants congressional leaders to help bolster its fight against the pesky, costly junk e-mail that floods the in-boxes of consumers and businesses alike. The commission . . . The Federal Trade Commission has put spam at the top of its hit list and wants congressional leaders to help bolster its fight against the pesky, costly junk e-mail that floods the in-boxes of consumers and businesses alike. The commission yesterday outlined its requests for more spam-fighting powers to House and Senate lawmakers. On its wish list? It wants the authority to keep tabs on spammers across international lines and to have the power to watch spammers incognito, sometimes with the help of other federal agency resources. Further, the FTC would like anyone who takes over a customer's e-mail account for the purpose of sending spam to be deemed an unauthorized user, stripping them of protections ISPs give to customers. The FTC also wants spam legislation to model what the government has already done to go after telemarketers, according to various published reports. *
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