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EU plagued by foreign spam

Americans, Chinese are clogging up the interweb
Mon Nov 27 2006, 16:45
ACCORDING TO A RECENT STUDY by the European Commission, over half of all e-mails sent in the EU are spam, with some users having up to 80 per cent of their inboxes full of the stuff.

Viviane Reding, EU Media Commissioner, said that the EU governments really need to crack down on the current spam trend, as well as fighting spyware and other illegal online activities. She called for new EU regulations to be implemented in order to improve web safety.

As it stands right now, only two nations in the EU are actively working to figure out the spam problem, the Netherlands and Finland. Presumably because they've nothing better to do.

EU spokesman Martin Selmayr said in a release, "Spam is still making up between 50 and 80 percent of the mails that we are receiving in Europe and two-thirds of that is coming from outside the European Union." The spokesman mentioned that the Dutch are doing well with combatting spam, having introduced fines to convince businesses that spam Just Ain't Right - supposedly, spam in the Netherlands has fallen by 85 per cent thanks to restrictions.

It's not all bad news. EU officials have said that there are plans for new legislation which will clamp down on spammers, making it easier to prosecute the buggers. It's about time, too, with spam costing worldwide business 39 billion euros a year, according to recent research.

The biggest spammers of them all, apparently, are in the United States which spews about 21.6 per cent of all spam. China's a troublemaker too, with 13.4 per cent of spam coming from China. µ


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