No surprise here: a report that the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 isn’t getting the job done. Too early to declare defeat, I suppose, and thin evidence to date, but I maintain that this US federal law is highly unlikely to be the solution to the spam problem. It will take technology standards/agreement + consumer action + lots of cooperation (and perhaps some bounty hunters!) to get the job done. In the process of making the Net more accountable, we’ll need to insure that we don’t lose too much of what we love about it.
Aside: it would be very interesting to figure out the relative effectiveness of the federal law minus the largely pre-empted 36 state laws v. the state laws as they were in place prior to CAN-SPAM.