[clug] [OT] Australian anti-spam bill passes the senate
grail at goldweb.com.au
Thu Dec 4 09:50:38 GMT 2003
On 3 Dec 2003, at 00:44, Alan Sanderson wrote:
> Die spam, die!
Not quite. Try, "Opt out, spam! Opt out!". And *that* only applies to
spam that originates from Australian companies in Australia. Find one
open relay overseas, and any Australian company can pretend it wasn't
them that sent the spam in the first place.
This "anti-spam" measure is just more useless legislation that will
have about as much effect in the real world as those stupid decorative
ducks hanging on most peoples' walls. Someone made the mistake of
fighting a technical problem with a legislative solution. The spamming
companies will simply provide the *working* opt-out measures, then
legally add your name back into the database when they "buy" their list
from another spam company who has "vetted" all the entries. No doubt
this will be part of some kind of reciprocal deal.
However, it does add more ammunition to the "ISP as a lifeguard" side
of the "block port 25 or not" debate ;) If I (the ISP) block port 25
outgoing, I'm just doing what the law tells me to do (see amendment
Which reminds me, time to figure out how SpamAssassin, AMaViS and Maia
all work together...
"We never have definite knowledge of what needs to be done until we're
finished and discover how wrong we were."
-- Dan Burke and Alan Morrison, "Business @ The Speed Of Stupid"
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