FTC says 'No' to 'Do Not Spam' list

June 15, 2004 at 2:21 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- The Federal Trade Commission issued a report Tuesday saying a national "Do Not E-mail Registry" could increase the amount of spam U.S. Internet users get.

Rather than a registry the FTC report to Congress suggested a "robust" e-mail authentication system that would allow the easy tracking of people who send spam and are now able to evade spam filters and law enforcement.

The anti-spam bill asked the FTC to explain how a "Do Not E-mail" list could work if patterned after the "Do Not Call" registry that was established to lessen solicitations by telephone.

The FTC said such a list would fail to reduce the amount of spam consumers receivers, might increase it and could not be enforced effectively."

FTC commissioners voted 5-0 to accept the report's conclusions. They also set an "Authentication Summit" to be called this autumn.

The FTC sent report as mandated by the passage of an anti-spam bill last December. Spam is unwanted e-mail, usually solicitations for business opportunities.

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