Feeds

Feds reject anti-spam registry

Spammers will use it against us

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

The Federal Trade Commission has decided not to set up an anti-spam register. Congress originally mooted the idea of a National Do Not Email register but the FTC voted unanimously to reject the idea.

The regulators believe that such a register "would fail to reduce the amount of spam consumers receive, might increase it, and could not be enforced effectively."

The FTC says the real problem is the ease with which spammers can hide their real identities. Without a robust email authentication system control of spam is impossible. The FTC is sponsoring an "Authentication Summit" this autumn to address the issue.

Three types of register were considered. The first was a list of individual's email addresses, secondly a list of domains which did not wish to receive spam or thirdly a list of people who wanted all commercial email to be sent via a trusted third party which would only send it on to names not on the registry. After consulting more than 50 organisations the FTC decided none of these models could be effectively enforced.

The FTC said in a statement: "Instead of implementing a registry that would, at best have no impact on spam and, at worst, cause it to increase, the FTC’s plan recognizes the need for an authentication standard. The FTC’s Report explains that “without effective authentication of email, any registry is doomed to fail." ®

Related stories

Two thirds of emails now spam: official
FTC fines porn spammers $112k
No need for anti-spyware laws - FTC

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about
NSA fingered as likely source of complex malware family
Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...
FYI this isn't just going to target Windows, Linux and OS X fans
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described
'A degree of technical competence rarely seen'
Home Office: Fancy flogging us some SECRET SPY GEAR?
If you do, tell NOBODY what it's for or how it works
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.