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How do you stop it?
Who is responsible to legislate it?
Who should police it?
Stop it? UCE/SPAM would not be UCE/SPAM were it not for those who open the messages and subscribe to the product.
Those are the folks who need enlightening.
Now, if someone would just speak to those Koreans who think the World reads and understands Korean.
What's next? UCE/SPAM in Latin? Klingon maybe?
Legislate it? Don't hold your breath. Sanctioning laws do not categorically prevent criminal events from taking place in the first place, so legislation will prove fruitless in the long run.
Police it? Ah, now there's an interesting concept. And folks wanting to know why our legal system is so overburdened now, let alone going International.
In my opinion, we need to think outside the box by attacking the problem at the root...the one who opens and subscribes to the content of the UCE/SPAM.
Can they stop foriegn emails? No. Many telemarketing companies are now using foriegn company to make their calls.
But most of it is not foriegn. They (the US government) control who can call me. Who can fax me. Who can mail me. I definatly don't get 5 calls, faxes or mail pieces a day about sex.
Mortgages, loans and related I can deal with. When I think that my child on a very private email account may get 5 or more sex related email a day, I am all for the government stepping in.
Email is cheap and the wrong type of people will send to whoever, whenever. How would you feel if Hustler sent a complimentary magazine to your eight year old child in the mail? I feel no different about spam.
joined:Nov 11, 2000
Yesterday I was thinking the same thing. I'm not easily offended, and I'm a staunch supporter of free speech; but this stuff begins to make one sympathetic to those who cry for censorship. I don't know how they're going to stop it.
And even the legit companies test your patience. There's a prominent web media company that also publishes a string of controlled circulation print magazines, some of them excellent, that is unbelievably opportunistic into tricking you to put your name on so-called opt-in lists and then flooding you with junk email. They use every trick in the book, too, to make it difficult for you to opt out. It took me hours and hours over a period of many weeks to get off their lists. And these are the "good guys." We're going to have a tough, tough time with the offshore baddies.