Spam Hits the Summit at Parliament House

A Spam Summit will be held at Parliament House on Thursday, June 26, as a prelude to the introduction of antispam legislation expected in 2004.

The Internet Industry Association's (IIA) Spam Summit is being sponsored by spam filtering company Messagecare, formed by OzEmail founder Sean Howard, and will be addressed by IT Minister Senator Richard Alston.

He will be joined by ALP Senator Kate Lundy and Democrat Brian Greig at the summit, which aims to debate and shape measures to be introduced in the legislation.

Declaring spam the single biggest threat to e-mail, Messagecare CEO Andrew Kent said the summit is an opportunity to prepare recommendations and a workable legislative framework.

"Penalties are an important consideration for the Spam Summit; spam perpetrators, in this country, caught soliciting and peddling their services to unsuspecting e-mail users should be called to account — and with strict penalties, where appropriate," he said.

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