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Progress of the CAN-SPAM Act

Are consumers getting less unsolicited commercial email since the new anti-spam law went into effect in January? While it is still early to have definitive results, the answer unfortunately seems to be no—in fact, consumers appear to be receiving even more spam than ever. And just to provide some perspective on the volume of spam consumers are barraged with on a daily basis, Brightmail, a producer of anti-spam software, recently measured 63 percent of all Internet e-mail as spam, compared to just seven percent in March of 2001.