Spam Slam

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

SINGAPORE, Feb 13, 2007 (AFP) – Email spammers will face new controls on their unsolicited advertising under proposed legislation introduced by Singapore. The draft Spam Control Act aims to control the electronic commercial messages sent in bulk by email or to mobile phones, according to the bill seen on Tuesday.
It was introduced to parliament on Monday and must undergo further consideration by legislators.

Unsolicited messages will have to include an address or number to allow the recipient to unsubscribe and messages must clearly identify themselves as advertisements, the bill says.

It also forbids the sending of any electronic message to addresses obtained through a “dictionary attack”, which automatically generates possible recipients, or through software which searches the Internet for electronic addresses.

The bill gives recipients of unwanted messages the power to launch civil court action against violators, who could be liable for damages up to 25 dollars (16 US) for each message.

The bill applies to messages originating in Singapore but The Straits Times reported Tuesday that 90 percent of spam messages come from outside the c