Blacklisted e-mailers sue anti-spam groups

Today is anti-Spam day here at neowin.net :)

A recently formed group of e-mail marketers has opened a new front in the escalating war over unsolicited e-mail, suing several organizations that track and "blacklist" alleged spammers so that their messages will be rejected by Internet service networks.

EMarketersAmerica.org, a nonprofit Florida corporation, charges that spam-tracking groups falsely accuse legitimate marketers of being spammers and ruin their businesses by blacklisting and harassing them.

The tracking groups, which include Spews.org and Spamhaus.org, keep databases of information about accused spammers, publishing as much personal information about them as is available.

The data form blacklists, which are used by many providers of Internet connections and Web-page hosting services. Once the Internet address of an accused spammer is publicized, providers can block any mail from it, or pull down any Web site at that address.

The suit comes at a time of intense scrutiny of spam, which accounts for an estimated 40 percent of all e-mail.

News source: The Washington Post

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