A new study bolsters claims that the Can Spam Act is having little effect on senders of unwanted mass e-mail messages.
In research covering the period since the federal law was enacted in January, Montreal-based Vircom Inc., a maker of e-mail gateway software, said that less than one spam message in 7,500 is in compliance.
"It is apparent from these results that spammers are not worried about any potential legal action," said Marc Chouinard, head of Vircom's Spam Buster Team.
Vircom looked at nearly 550,000 e-mails over the past six months. Among its findings:
- .01 of the e-mails fully complied with the law.
- .02% gave a physical postal address in the body of the message.
- 7% had an active reply address.
- 31% had a legitimate subject header.
- 40% gave recipients opt-out instructions, but only 12% actually honored such requests.