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PRESSINFORMATION             1999-02-02
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Europeans say NO to Eurospam!

Europeans opposed to unsolicited commercial e-mail ("spam") now have their own voice, thanks to the European Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-Mail (EuroCAUCE).

Founded with the assistance of the U.S.-based Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-Mail (CAUCE, www.cauce.org), EuroCAUCE will engage in the same type of advocacy on behalf of Internet users and network owners that made CAUCE the world's largest Internet-based advocacy organisation.

"Free expression and the right to be left alone are both enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights," points out EuroCAUCE's pro-tempore chair, George Mills. "These are the founding principles of the European Union (EU), and are guiding principles to all countries who are members of the Council of Europe. We are working entirely 'with the grain' on this matter."

More than 95% of unsolicited commercial e-mail (UCE) is from the United States, but the quantity of European-origin UCE is increasing. Should legislation in the United States curtail UCE, then the visibility of the European variety could increase dramatically. "We need to ensure that a global approach to UCE is achieved as the international community draws closer through use of the Internet," Mills explained.

EU Directives concerning Data Protection and Telecommunications and Distance Selling are being enacted, leading to questions about whether the EU will regulate UCE. These Directives guide the enactment or amendment of national legislation concerning various aspects of consumer contact, which could include UCE. Countries which are not members of the EU also may follow the EU's lead in this matter, especially as the problems caused by junk e-mail become more widespread.

The picture is by no means uniform: some countries will prohibit UCE outright, others will implement state-backed 'opt-out' schemes. "We at EuroCAUCE would prefer to see 'opt-in' schemes implemented," said Mills.

Ytterligare information hittar du på EuroCAUCE website
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För denna pressinformation svarar Bengt Ingerstam
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