UK Information Commissioner Seeks Anti-Spam Powers

The UK official expects to be able to issue 'stop now' orders by year's end.

UK Information Commissioner Richard Thomas last week said he expects to be able to issue "stop now" orders against UK-based spammers starting later this year. Thomas said such orders could provide a quick mechanism to halt firms that are sending spam. "The sooner I get the power the better," he added.

Last month, the UK Department of Trade and Industry introduced rules to let firms block unwanted cold-calling from direct marketing companies.

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