Enforcement is toughest part of spam regulation

Rep. Pete Sessions

Although the Senate voted last week to create a no-spam registry, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) says enforcing antispam regulations will be difficult.

'I think legislation is probably a good thing,' said Sessions, vice chairman of the Select Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science and R&D. 'But [spam] could come from anywhere in the world. Today there is simply not a consensus' on the technology or policies needed.

Sessions spoke this month along with British member of Parliament Brian White at a Washington event sponsored by MessageLabs Inc. of New York.

White said the European Union is ahead of the United States in antispam regulation. The EU has laws requiring computer users to opt in to receive commercial e-mail.

'Whatever legislation comes out of the United States, the amount of resources given the enforcement officials is going to determine whether it works or not,' White said.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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