Posted by Virus Bulletin on Jun 16, 2004
A 'Do Not Spam' list could actually increase spam levels, says FTC.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has told Congress that a national 'Do Not Spam' registry is not appropriate at present - stating that, rather than addressing the problem of spam, such a registry could potentially increase levels of spam and could not be enforced effectively.
The creation, of a 'Do Not Spam' registry was recommended by the CAN-SPAM act, although the idea was not welcomed by the FTC at the time, since it did not believe such a list could be secured satisfactorily. The FTC has been working on its feasibility study of such a registry since then.
In its study the FTC investigated three different registry models:
However, it concluded that none of these would be able to be enforced effectively.
Instead, the FTC said that anti-spam efforts should focus on creating a robust email authentication system and to that end, the FTC has announced that it will be sponsoring a Fall 2004 Authentication Summit.