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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Week 3 - Email


There is not a day goes by that I do not open my email only to be harassed by spam email. It usually takes up most of the emails I have received that day. I get asked to become a mystery shopper or to win this or that. When really I just don’t want to know about it. I have tried un-subscribing to these lists (Most of which I didn’t even subscribe to in the first place) but they still send me junk emails. I mark them as junk emails but they still manage to somehow get through. It really shits me! It is a waste of my time and patience having to continually having to delete the damn things.


Spam Act Review
In September 2005, the Minister directed the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts to initiate a review of the Spam Act, as required by legislation. Comments were sought from the public on their views of the operation of the Act. The consultation period closed 1 February 2006.

Internet Industry Spam Code of Practice
The Australian Communications and Media Authority registered a Code of Practice for internet service providers and email service providers on countering spam. The code was developed by the Internet Industry Association (IIA) in conjunction with the Internet Associations from Western Australia and South Australia. The code applies to all internet service providers in Australia, as well as global email service providers providing services in Australia. The code obligations come into force on 16 July 2006.

The new code sets out how internet service providers and email service providers will address the sources of spam within their own networks, including actual spammers, misconfigured customer email servers and the virus-infected computers used to spread spam (known as ‘zombies’). It also requires internet service providers and email service providers to give end-users information about how to deal with spam, and informed choice about their filtering options. (http://www.acma.gov.au/ACMAINTER.2097430:STANDARD:pc=PC_2008)


Law and Regulation
Ø Some AsiaPac countries have, or are introducing antispam laws - Australia, New Zealand, Korea etc
Ø Australia has successfully prosecuted a notorious spammer, Wayne Mansfield, under their antispam law
International cooperation - governments and regulators
Ø Seoul Melbourne Pact on Antispam – signed by several Asia Pacific regulators. Focuses on information sharing, technical, educational and policy solutions to the spam problem
Ø London Action Plan – Brings together regulators from the USA, Canada, EU, AsiaPac, as well as international organizations such as the ITU and OECD, civil society antispam organizations, and industry (ISPs and vendors of antispam technology). (www.apnic.net/meetings/20/docs/other/ tut-pres-ramasubramanian-spam-international-cooperation.ppt)


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