by Mike Masnick

UK Information Commissar Reminds Spammers To Target Businesses

from the in-case-you-forgot dept

It's been over two years since the UK put in place an anti-spam law that was worse than useless. At the time, we noted the biggest problem, by far, was that it exempted all work email addresses. Earlier this year, we pointed out that the law was so useless that in a year and a half not a single spammer had been punished under the law. Now, to make matters worse, the UK Information Commissar has come out to remind people that it doesn't cover business email addresses, thereby encouraging people to spam those addresses (even if the Information Commissar though this was just clarifying the issue). So, to recap: spamming businesses is legal and hitting them with an email bomb is also legal. Probably not a good time to be the IT administrator for a UK based business right now.

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    Jasen, 3 Nov 2005 @ 5:56pm


    I would use some sort of outside spam filter, like Postini. Stop it before it hits my network. Woohoo!!!

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    Clouser, 5 Nov 2005 @ 12:42pm

    Spam should be Legal

    Sorry, Mike, I am a backwards information-age liberal hippy and free market dude when it comes to this one. I think spam should be legal. As should direct "snail" mail and telemarketing.

    Up to the market to develop filtering products.

    Happy to see this.

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