A Decade After CAN-SPAM

December 16, 2013

A decade ago Congress passed the CAN-SPAM Act, the first piece of federal legislation to try to tackle the problem of unsolicited email. In addition to costing businesses and consumers billions of dollars annually, spam is a common attack vector for cybersecurity threats like malware and phishing attacks. While existing laws have had some success, many users still receive spam, and more can be done to combat this problem. On the tenth anniversary of CAN-SPAM, ITIF will host a panel discussion on the technological and legal aspects of the battle against spammers and what additional steps policymakers might take to address this problem.