MPs highlight loopholes in UK anti-spam law

MPs highlight loopholes in UK anti-spam law

IDG News Service (London Bureau)

The U.K. government should take a tougher stance on spam by tightening loopholes in an anti-spam law coming into effect in December, a group of Members of Parliament (MPs) urged Monday. But the MPs concede that U.K. and European laws would ultimately have little effect on combating the worldwide problem of spam.

MPs in the All-Party Parliamentary Internet Group (APIG), including Derek Wyatt, Richard Allan and Brian White, released a report alerting the government to potential problems in its law. “We’re not expecting the government to change the legislation at the moment but rather to recognize there are loopholes that need to be blocked at a later date,” Allan said in a news conference held prior to the group’s meeting with E-Minister Stephen Timms.

Representatives for Timms and the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) could not immediately be reached for comment.

Updating the current Telecoms Data Protection Directive, the new law seeks to impose fines of up to