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Re: Proposed EU Directive on Electronic Commerce, Beebit [email protected]

  • To: "Clive D.W. Feather" < >
  • From: Piet Beertema < >
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 15:43:24 +0100

    	How many spammers are deterred by those US laws that forbid spam?
    Hard to tell. But at least some. Does failure to
    reach 100% mean that nothing should be done ?
Does expected failure to reach 0.000001%
justify the efforts?

         	Which means that the filtering would have to be done by
     		the user, *not* by his/her ISP: it might well even become
    		illegal for the ISP to do such filtering!
            False. The user can authorise the ISP to filter on
            her behalf. And I see nothing requiring the ISP to
            offer an unfiltered feed either.
    	Agreed. But authorisation by definition makes
    	filtering a legal act.
    In other words, exactly the opposite of what you just said.
Nope: there's a world of difference between the
*global* sort of filtering (i.e. applying for
all uses) that I was referring to, and the
*authorised per-user* sort of filtering.


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