On Mon February 9 2004 18:57, Dean Anderson wrote:
The IEMMC was formed in May of 1997 between Cyberpromotions and AGIS
and some others. Its goal was to encourage voluntary spam labeling
and opt-out lists, and to work out a compromise on spam between the
advertising and technical community.
...which must necessarily consist of something MUCH better than labeling
and opt-out, but that was pretty much their limit. Opt-out is a
non-starter, so to speak. It was pretty clear to me that the IEMMC was
basically a PR ploy, to delay any real action. IMNSHO, AGIS had no
intention whatsoever of disconnecting, reining in, imposing conditions
on, or in any other way not being a haven for spammers, so long as
being a spamhaven was profitable.
One might say this is ancient history, but in fact, the IEMMC
position on spam was practically legislated in the CAN-SPAM act,
Yup. Which means not that SPAM is in the CAN, but that spammers CAN
SPAM. They just have to do a few things that the anti-spammers have
recognized as useless (if not worse) for well over ten years.
Long story short, CAN-SPAM is trying to pull the same wool over the
public's eyes, that the IEMMC was trying to pull over the anti-spam
community's. Unfortunately, John Q. Public can't tell the fine worsted
wool it's being sold as, from the cheap polyester it really is....
Disclaimer: this doesn't mean that hacking Cyberpromo was "right"! I'm
not one of your "radical abusers"....
Dave Aronson, Senior Software Engineer, Secure Software Inc.
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