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FTC chairman: Do-not-e-mail registry not the solution

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Washington, D.C.--A federal do-not-e-mail registry modeled after the Federal Trade Commission's popular do-not-call list would be ineffective against spammers and a waste of time for e-mail recipients, FTC Chairman Timothy J. Muris said in a statement.

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.

--Carol Krol

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