Australia's war on spam short on funds

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  1. Smokey

    Smokey Registered Member

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    New laws to ban spamming within Australia could fall on deaf ears.

    The laws, proposed by the National Office Information Economy (NOIE) and launched today by Communications and IT Minister Richard Alston, will have to get past the attorney-general, treasury and a severe war budget before Australians see any relief from inboxes bursting with offers of Viagra and the like.

    The legislative plans form the backbone of a national assessment and action plan to counter the spam epidemic currently hitting Australia.

    Sources within the report's consultative process describe the plan as "absolutely critical" to any success in miscreant mail reduction.

    Among a wide range of educative and technical countermeasures, the report recommends national legislation to ensure:

    -- no commercial electronic messaging to be sent without the prior consent of the end user unless there is an existing customer-business relationship;

    -- all commercial electronic messaging to contain accurate details of the sender's name and physical and electronic addresses;

    -- a co-regulatory approach with industry including recognition of appropriate codes of practice;

    -- appropriate enforcement sanctions.

    A spokesman for Alston's office labelled spam a "menace" to millions of individual users and enterprises; however, he conceded any legal changes are entirely dependent on the political will of other parts of government.

    "We're getting serious about it, both for businesses and the community," the spokesman said.

    Asked whether the minister's office would throw its full weight behind the report and lobby hard for the legislative recommendations, the spokesman indicated that Senator Alston would have to see how the land lies with more senior parliamentary colleagues. "We have to fully evaluate the proposal(s)," the spokesman said.

    Alston's spokesman also hosed down earlier claims by shadow minister for IT Kate Lundy that the minister would soon resign saying that the minister had a "lot of challenges in front of him", adding that it was up to the Prime Minister to decide the make-up of portfolios.

    Source: Computerworld Today (Australia)
     
  2. root

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    Small spin but nonetheless spin.
    So I want to know. Did American spin doctors learn their profession from the older parlimentarians such as England and Australia, or is it possible that the rest of the world is learning from The USAs quite polished spin doctors?

    Doesn't seem to me to be so hard to outlaw Spam. At least it would be a start and funding for prossecution could come later.
    I wish our own legislators would get on the ball with this issue, but I know as soon as they did, it would be tied up in courts for years.
     
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    Perhaps they should stop tossing money into the furnace to block internet access to "certain" sites by grown adults and spend it on something useful.
     
  4. Tinribs

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    sorry, post pulled, maybe when I've calmed down
     
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