Dutch praised for efforts in reducing spam

28th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands has been praised by the EU for its highly successful efforts in combating spam emails.

28 November 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands has been praised by the EU for its highly successful efforts in combating spam emails.

The Dutch telecoms supervisory authority OPTA has cracked down on several spammers leading to a sharp decline in the amount of unsolicited email. 

OPTA has employed four specialist anti-spam workers and allocated EUR 500,000 worth of equipment to combat the problem.

The European Commission said on Monday the Dutch approach was a good example for other EU countries.

"I would want other countries to book the same results by a tougher approach," European Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding said.

The EU banned spam in 2002, but most EU member states are not doing enough to combat the problem, Reding said.

"I will look at the issue again next year to see whether supplementary laws against spam are necessary," she said.

According to internet security firms, spam increased last year from 54 to 85 percent of all emails. In 2001, that was just 7 percent.

While most people think spam is just irritating, Brussels said an increasing amount of spam is being sent by criminals trying to obtain confidential information such as bank details.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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