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By: MarkJ - 12 January, 2004 (2:31 PM)

The Office of the Information Commissioner has apparently been advising recipients of spam (junk e-mail), specifically messages sent from within the UK, to solve it by replying to the messages:

Although the European Privacy and Communications Directive has adopted an opt-in approach, where users must give the green light to receiving email blasts, the Information Commission said that people should ask to be struck off lists if the mail originated in the UK.

Steve Linford, founder of anti-spam organisation Spamhaus, insisted that people should never reply to spam. "How can people tell if it comes from the UK? The address won't necessarily provide the clue," he said.

"This shows that the UK law, which was sold as an 'opt-in' solution, is not. There is nothing opt-in about it."


This appears to be just one of the many reasons why UK anti-spam laws are failing before they've barely even begun. More @ VNUNet.


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