EC draws line in spam sand

Wednesday, 4 February 2004, 4:07 PM EST

The EC is calling for greater international co-operation in combating spam.

Speaking at this week's OECD workshop on spam in Brussels, Commissioner Erkki Liikanen said the OECD should "rapidly agree" a five-point framework to promote effective legislation against spam. This programme calls for co-operation between enforcement agencies, self-regulation by industry, technical measures, legislative action and greater consumer awareness.

The OECD workshop on spam coincided with the publication of new statistics which reveal junk mail traffic has increased, despite the introduction of anti-spam legislation in the US and Europe.

"Spam is a global problem that requires global action", said Commissioner Liikanen. "If we want to combat spam effectively, efforts made in the European Union and other regions of the world must be echoed by similar efforts at the international level, not only by governments but also businesses and consumers".

By John Leyden at The Register.

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