Representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Trade Commission, America Online, e-mail security service Postini, e-mail service provider Digital Impact, Consumers Union and online marketer Scelson Online Marketing testified at the hearing. Its purpose was to examine the effectiveness of the CAN-SPAM Act, which became law in January of this year.
Opinions were mixed, though overall the comments tended to suggest that five months into its implementation, the act is not an unqualified success. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the chairman of the committee, cited a Pew Internet & American Life Project survey released in March that found 77 percent of e-mail users are receiving the same amount of spam or more since CAN-SPAM was passed.
In contrast, Ted Leonsis, vice chairman of America Online, said substantial progress has been made in fighting spam and “there has been a downward trend in the amount of spam in AOL members’ inboxes.”
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