Spammers, Spyware, and International Enforcement Cooperation
Posted by Lance Winslow on: 2006-07-24 17:19:57
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Due to the utter and complete failure of the Federal Trade Commission to curb SPAM after being chosen to enforce the CAN SPAM Act the FTC has determined it needs help. The FTC therefore put forth initiatives to work with other nations in international cooperation. Originally this made sense, but upon further review it appears to me to be just another FTC scam in my opinion to spend taxpayer’s money so FTC employees can jet set around the world visiting other nations.
In a recent report to the United States Congress the FTC attempted to justify the international efforts even though SPAM had increased under their watch by stating that:
“Spammers, spyware operators, fraudulent telemarketers, and other scam artists know no national boundaries, and can strike quickly on a global scale. As a result, the FTC has implemented a comprehensive program to combat cross-border consumer protection law violations. This includes a recently released report on proposed legislation to improve the FTC's ability to combat cross- border consumer protection law violations. In October 2004 the FTC announced the "London Action Plan on International Spam Enforcement Cooperation " endorsed by 26 agencies from 20 countries and seven private sector organizations from four continents. The FTC continues to develop new bilateral and multilateral enforcement partnerships and to strengthen existing ones. In January 2005, the FTC announced that it had entered into a new consumer protection enforcement memorandum of understanding with its counterpart consumer protection agency in Mexico. The FTC also continues to work closely with Canadian agencies on cross-border telemarketing issues. The FTC's goal is to ensure that consumer protection rules outside the United States focus on practices that distort consumer choice and raise a serious threat to the proper functioning of markets.”
Sounds great right? Indeed, yet when I reviewed this I noticed that homosexual employees at the FTC who might have HIV AIDS were traveling on these enforcement missions on the taxpayer’s dollar, yet I found few if any Spammers who were actually prosecuted or spyware operators who were stopped. Yes, to their credit there were a few, but in reality, SPAM continues to increase in my inbox. How about yours? My question in this personal opinion article is this; Is the Federal Trade Commission doing anything at all where we have empirical proof and results that they are in fact preventing fraud, SPAM or Spyware on the Internet? Show me the results; talk is cheap. Consider this in 2006.
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