The European Commission has released its Communication on spam. This documents some of the existing anti-spam initiatives being undertaken, especially those by Member States and the European Union.
The main problems it seeks to rectify it identifies as lying with Member States, rather than the private sector:
To date, the increasingly entwined criminal and administrative aspects of spam and other threats have not been reflected in a corresponding growth of cooperation procedures in Member States that brings together the technical and investigative skills of different agencies.
The actions it identifies for the private sector are two items to reduce spyware and other malware, and one for ISPs:
- companies to ensure that the standard of information for the purchase of software applications is in accordance with data protection law.
- companies to contractually prohibit illegal use of software in advertisements, monitor how advertisements reach consumers and follow up on malpractice
- e-mail service providers to apply a filtering policy which ensures compliance with the recommendation and guidance on e-mail filtering. (egress filtering)