Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

UK anti-spam policies failing

Filed under
Security

ISPs and the government are doing little to tackle the spam problem, according to the annual report from the Office of the Information Commissioner (ICO).

The report revealed that no legal action was taken in relation to the 600 complaints which it received during the past 12 months.

The ICO claimed that it lacks the necessary powers successfully to pursue and prosecute spammers.

It pointed out that current Enforcement Notices are easy to appeal against, and trigger a lengthy Information Tribunal procedure during which spammers are free to continue their activities. The ICO advises users to seek advice from their ISPs.

Jamie Cowper, senior consultant at messaging firm Mirapoint, said: "This is a classic example of a token gesture to deal with a serious problem.

"Now we find that the ICO is recommending users to seek advice from their ISP, but ISPs are not being forced to reveal the identity of spammers.

"This problem is not going to go away until the government gives spam laws real teeth. If the Office of Fair Trading can close down a business, why not the ICO? I recommend that users choose an ISP with good anti-spam technology in place."

Most UK ISPs offer anti-spam solutions as an added extra, enabling them to levy charges of £1 to £2 per month per user for the service.

But many ISPs state that they do not want to block spam at source owing to fears of so-called 'false positives' where a legitimate message is mistakenly blocked.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

today's leftovers

Leftovers: Software

  • Calibre 2.29 Includes Small Improvements Only
    As you may already know, Calibre is an open-source book management software, with many interesting features including e-book conversion, e-book viewer, library to ebook reader synchronization and support for the most popular eBook formats, including: epub, cbz, mobi, fb2. Being multi-platform, the app works on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.
  • 3 Relatively Unknown Open Source Web Browsers for Linux that Packs the Punch
    Browser wars has been going on for more than a decade now and yet, there are no signs of a let down by any parties involved. In fact, things are only hotting up with the big three competing tooth and nail to become the leader of the pack. But that's not the entire story. A host of niche players are also in the market which are equally good and sometimes even better. Here, we'll discuss 3 superb free and open source web browsers you've probably never heard about.
  • Nemo 2.6 Gets A Plugin Manager, More [`Nemo With Unity Patches` PPA Updated]
    While Nemo 2.6 wasn't officially released yet (Cinnamon 2.6 is currently undergoing testing in the Linux Mint Romeo repository), its source has been available for some time on GitHub.
  • WinFF Review - Convert Any Video File with Ease
    WinFF is a tool that uses FFMPEG to convert any kind of video files by using a large number of presets and a ton of other options. It's been around for a long while, so it's time to take a closer look at it and see how it has endured the passage of time.
  • FusionForge 6.0 final release available
    After 4 release candidates, the FusionForge community is proud to announce the new major Fusionforge 6.0 final release.
  • Wine 1.7.44 Brings Support for Numerous Games
    Wine devs have announced that a new version of their application is out and it comes with some very interesting features, including improved support for the 64-bit platform.
  • Wine 1.7.44 Works On More 64-bit ARM Support
    Wine 1.7.44 is out this morning to end out the month of May for the Wine development community.

today's howtos

Raspberry Pi 2 Spotted in Point Break Remake, CSI: Cyber, and Big Hero 6

The movie industry has started to take note that there are very small PCs out there, like the Raspberry Pi 2, and producers have started to add them to film. Point Break is just one example. Read more