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Study: Most Spam Not Compliant With Law

Only 10 percent of junk e-mails comply with a new federal anti-spam law, according to two days’ worth of messages analyzed by a spam filtering vendor. The law, which took effect Jan. 1, does not prohibit unsolicited commercial e-mail as long as senders follow a set of rules, including using a correct subject line, a physical mailing address and a way to decline future mailings. But most senders failed to do even that, Audiotrieve LLC said. The Boxborough, Mass., company, which sells the InBoxer filter, has so-called honeypot e-mail accounts created solely to attract spam, and it analyzed 1,000 messages collected last weekend. Only 102 of the messages met all the law’s requirements, though Audiotrieve did not verify whether the physical address and unsubscribe mechanism worked. Of the remaining 898 messages, two-thirds had no unsubscribe link, and none had physical addresses. Full Story

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