CAN-SPAM Compliance is Elusive

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2004-05-03 Print this article Print

Spam, commercial and otherwise, is on the rise despite federal CAN-SPAM legislation, a report by Jupiter Research finds.

Spam, commercial and otherwise, is on the rise despite federal CAN-SPAM legislation.

In a report issued last month, Jupiter Research said 64 percent of e-mail marketing offers from U.S. companies do not meet the laws requirements.

Numbers provided by Ken Schneider, CTO and vice president of operations for Brightmail, bolster Jupiters findings. During a recent phone conversation, Schneider reported that spam of all types accounted for 63 percent of the more than 3 billion e-mail messages filtered by Brightmail at its customer sites in March. This is up from 62 percent in February, he said.

The U.S. government has filed its first criminal charges under its anti-spam legislation. Click here to read more. IT managers shouldnt hit the panic button yet, but these numbers point to the pressing need to ensure that their anti-spam strategy includes a plan for dealing with users when their in-boxes fill with junk despite the best efforts of the anti-spam product in use.

I use a desktop anti-spam product to take care of the false negatives that make it through our corporate perimeter anti-spam product. In raw numbers, our perimeter defense blocks approximately 170 spam messages per day that were headed for me. My desktop anti-spam kills about 10 more messages.

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Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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