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EU Commission wants to push fight against spam

6 December, 2006

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The European Commission has criticized the member countries, considering that they should better implement the present legal framework and fight against spam, but also take more seriously into consideration the spyware and malicious software issues.

According to the recent figures made public by Sophos, approx. 32% of the world's spam comes from European countries, with France, Spain, Poland and Italy on the top. And this situation occurs when all the EU countries have implemented the 2002 E-privacy Directive that has imposed the opt-in principle on spam. Cooperation in effectively implementing the legal acts is lacking in most of the European Countries.

The Commission presented two European best practices in the fight against spam. The Netherlands that has succeeded in cutting the domestic spam by 85% through prosecution by OPTA that has 5 full-time employees for this topic and 570 000 euros invested in equipment. In Finland proper filtering measures have reduced spam from 80% to 30%. These measures together with good online commercial practices in line with the data protection law are among the measures envisaged by the Commission.

The Commission has also announced that it will reinforce the cooperation on this topic with third countries, especially with the US and Asian countries.

Viviane Reding Commissioner for Information Society and Media added: "I will revisit this issue again next year to see whether additional legislative measures against spam are required."

In 2007 the Commission might make changes in the EU legislation in order to increase the user privacy and security. The possible changes include the obligation of the service providers to notify the security breaches and the possibilty for any person with a legitimate interest to take legal action against spam.

Communication From the Commission on Fighting spam, spyware and malicious software (15.11.2006)

Fighting spam, spyware and malicious software: Member States should do better, says Commission (27.11.2006)

Commission draws knives on spam (27.11.2006)

EU Commission urges states to do more against spam (27.11.2006)



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