An international action plan to communicate and cooperate on enforcement
action to tackle spam has been agreed by 19 bodies from 15 countries
attending the London international spam enforcement workshop organised by
the OFT and the US Federal Trade Commission.
The London Action Plan aims to develop international links to address spam
and spam-related problems. Participating government bodies have made
commitments to actions including:
encouraging communication and coordination between agencies to achieve
efficient and effective enforcement
regular conference calls to discuss: cases, legislative developments,
investigative techniques, ways to address obstacles to enforcement, consumer
and business education projects
encouraging dialogue between government agencies and private sector
representatives to promote ways to support government agencies in bringing
spam cases and pursue their own initiatives to fight spam
The action plan is open for other interested government agencies and for
appropriate private sector representatives to join in order to expand the
network of bodies working together to combat spam.
Commitments in the action plan made by participating private-sector
establishing a designated contact within an organisation to facilitate
responses and requests for enforcement related assistance from spam
work with other private sector representatives to establish a resource list
of individuals within particular sectors working on spam enforcement
participation in conference calls to assist law enforcement agencies in
bringing spam cases and provide information on cases, new technology, trends
in internet and spam and general data on spam as an early warning mechanism
for government agencies
assisting in training for government agencies to help their investigations
and to bring spam cases
assisting government agencies in understanding the best ways to request
information from them.
The OFT and FTC will work closely with others towards implementing the steps
in the action plan.
John Vickers, OFT Chairman, said:
'The London action plan demonstrates a true international commitment to
fighting spam in the interests of consumers and business.'