email laws apply, by Adam Turner - 6th April 2004
The Sydney Morning Herald)
spammers will be the main target when Australia's
communications watchdog begins to enforce anti-spam
legislation from Saturday.
penalties of $1.1 million a day will be reserved for
prolific spammers, most complaints about spamming
will be treated with a simple phone call, according
to the Australian Communications Authority.
ACA's focus will be on compliance, says Anti-Spam
team manager Anthony Wing.
are really targeting, in the first instance, the hard-core
spammers," he says.
long as people are trying to comply in the first instance,
if we get a complaint it will result in a phone call."
says reducing the amount of spam that hits Australia's
borders is a "longer program" that requires
Alyn Hockey - global director of research and development
with security specialist Clearswift - believes the
laws will have little impact on spam levels as 98
per cent of spam comes from outside Australia.
points to the European Union's Directive on Privacy
and Electronic Communications, which he says has been
ineffective due to "paltry fines" and the
fact that most spam originates from the US and Asia
- outside European legislative jurisdiction.
the spam laws are really designed around your own
jurisdiction and, with regard to Australians, most
of the spam you are going to get is going to come
from America," he says.
the jurisdictions have to get together, you need co-operation.
That's where legislation is going to start to have
some kind of effect because, at the moment, in some
countries the fines are so paltry."
test cases are under way after the passing of the
CAN-SPAM Act but Hockey says even if the judges "come
down on these people," spammers will relocate
to other countries.
will spam by canned, by Greg Tingle