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Re: Proposed EU Directive on Electronic Commerce

  • To: Ragnar Lonn < >
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  • From: "Clive D.W. Feather" < >
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 09:44:40 +0000

Ragnar Lonn said:
> If the spammers are forced to use a generic label, e.g. a mail
> header saying "X-UCE: Yes", or perhaps include "UCE" in the subject line,
> that would make server side spam filtering a breeze and that would mean
> most major ISPs would filter away to their hearts content,
> The important thing is to make the spam easily identifiable by
> machines, not just humans. If spammers are allowed to mark their email as
> UCE in any way they see fit, just as long as a human can understand
> it, we may have a problem.


Those ISPs who don't do server-side filtering tend not to do so because of
the complexity of the problem and the risk of false positives. A simple
customer-settable switch saying: "delete all emails with X-UCE: Yes" would
be trivial - the market would soon drive all ISPs to do it.

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