Does Can-Spam Stop Spam?

    February 1, 2005

Is the Can-Spam act doing what it was enacted to do? Is it making a dent in the amount of spam people receive? According to recent numbers, the answer is a resounding “no”.

Before the act was adopted, spam mailings accounted for 50-60 percent of sent emails. However, according to The New York Times, ever since Can-Spam was put into place, spam mailings make up 80 percent of sent emails.

“To some antispam crusaders, the surge comes as no surprise. They had long argued that the law would make the spam problem worse by effectively giving bulk advertisers permission to send junk e-mail as long as they followed certain rules.

“Can Spam legalized spamming itself,” said Steve Linford, the founder of the Spamhaus Project, a London organization that is one of the leading groups intent on eliminating junk e-mail. And in making spam legal, he said, the new rules also invited flouting by those intent on being outlaws.”

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