Muris said legislation alone would do little or nothing to stem the spam problem, because of the anonymity of violators. "No one should expect any new law to make a substantial difference by itself," he said.
The most important element needed to combat the ever-growing spam problem is technological innovation, Muris said. Also needed is legislation that addresses how to locate and prosecute spammers, he said.
According to a report released Wednesday by anti-spam software company Brightmail Inc., half of all e-mail is now spam. Brightmail measures spam by using millions of decoy e-mail addresses.