FTC Cautiously Optimistic About Spam Trends
from the moving-in-the-right-direction dept
The FTC wasn’t a big supporter of CAN SPAM early on, believing that it wouldn’t do much to help the spam problem — but now that they have it in their arsenal, they’ve been using it. Today they released the first assessment of the spam world since CAN SPAM went into effect and are noting that people are seeing less spam — but that improved technology appears to have a lot more to do with it than the CAN SPAM law. Some are noting that the report may paint a slightly rosier picture than what we’re really facing, but it does seem like a fairly accurate portrayal. Filtering technology has definitely improved, and there have been some lawsuits which may have scared off a few borderline spammers. The FTC also timed the release to announce some more anti-spam lawsuits as well — but also asked for better laws to help them go after spammers outside the country by allowing easier cooperation with foreign governments. Overall, it would appear that the spam situation has improved slightly — but it has very little to do with the law. Of course, we shouldn’t have to worry soon, because we’ve almost reached the deadline for when Bill Gates said he’d wipe out spam. Update: It would appear that a lot of people are not buying the FTC’s findings.