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6:47 am on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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The Korean Government is launching a site where you can register your email address and then any Korean email marketers who send you unsolicited bulk mail will face stiff fines. I think this is a much easier way to deal with it than the right to remove yourself from every spam list that you are on- the approach taken by the U.S. government. You will only have to register once. And then it is up to the marketers to check if you are on that list or not.

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Very interesting concept. Now they need to do the same with telemarketing :)
6:56 am on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Would be nice if the koreans offered that service for non-native speakers as well... ;)
7:17 am on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Absolutely agreed Booglesworld. The onus should be on the emailer to know whether you wish to receive their email, not the receiver. This has to be the principle governing all spam mail laws.
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In concept this is similiar to the 'postal nixie' list that Direct Marketers need to observe to get postal discounts. To qualify any addresses found on the postal nixie file must be eliminated.

There is a weakness here though. The Korean government can only require it of emailings done from Korea. In the US, the bulk of the spam emails are coming from outside the US. So setting up such a system would not cover the largest amount of spam.

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Now they need to do the same with telemarketing

Actually, a number of U.S. states are implementing "do not call" lists at the state level.

Instead of signing up for the Korean service, I'll wait for the Saudi version where spammers get stoned or dismembered... ;)

2:30 pm on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I like the idea, but it would need a domain-wide setting as well as individual email addresses, to help those who get spam to our catchall accounts.
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>>Instead of signing up for the Korean service, I'll wait for the Saudi version where spammers get stoned or dismembered... <<

Nahh.....spammers would simply learn to type with their tongue.

(although, that ctl+alt+dlt thing might become a problem...)

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rpgerd says
"Actually, a number of U.S. states are implementing "do not call" lists at the state level."

In the US States don't regulate interstate commerce so any law is only binding to mail sent within the State. The federal government regulates interstate commerce.

With the bulk of the spam traffic coming from outside the State's jurisdiction, I can't see how these laws can be effective.

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>>Instead of signing up for the Korean service, I'll wait for the Saudi version where spammers get stoned or dismembered... <<

I wish they were. I hate spammers. Waste about four hours of my time EVERY WEEK.

 

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