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Should the government bother establishing an e-mail do-not-spam list? "My advice to consumers would be: don't waste the time and effort to sign up," Timothy J. Muris, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission said in a statement.

Muris added that because spammers can constantly create new online identities, and because they can mail for virtually nothing, the burden of dealing with unwanted e-mail falls on recipients and Internet Service Providers.

Furthermore, law enforcement took a backseat to technology when dealing with spam. "Our experience, and that of the few states that have tried to punish spammers, is that it can take months of investigation, and sometimes a dozen or more subpoenas, simply to locate a spammer," the statement continued.

Muris advocated going beyond simply freezing spammers' assets and seeking consumer redress, such as strengthening criminal laws surrounding unsolicited e-mail. But the right legislation has yet to be found: One proposed law, which would punish any spammer who sent out more than 10,000 messages under a false identity, would put an impractical burden of proof on authorities.

Muris added that the FTC would continue to prosecute deceptive e-mail marketing, as well as the deceptive and unfair use of e-mail technology.
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