MPs' spam report due out Monday

Can't wait. No really...

A report into spam by the All Party Parliamentary Internet Group (APIG) is due to be released on Monday.

The report - based on written evidence, public hearings and a "Spam Summit" held during the summer - will see if legislation can be drawn up to beat the spammers.

It will also examine whether technology can be used to reduce the amount of spam clogging the Net.

Publication of the report comes less than a fortnight before MPs are due to fly to the US to discuss the issue of unsolicited commercial email with colleagues in Washington DC.

The politicians will be making the case for the US to consider an 'opt in' - rather than their current 'opt out' - approach to unsolicited commercial email.

However, one Euro MEP has cast doubt over the effectiveness of the trip after revealing that APIG's stand on spam is likely to get a cool reception in the US. ®

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