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Switzerland vs spam

Date: April 01, 2007

Sending spam mail from Switzerland becomes a punishable offence from Sunday when new legislation comes into force, but the flow of spam is not expected to stop.

Unsuspecting computer users may fall foul of the law if they fail to protect their PCs against malicious software used by spammers to spread their unsolicited messages.

Only one per cent of unsolicited mail received in Switzerland originates in the country itself and the legislation covers only these spam messages.

Despite this limitation, the deputy director of the Federal Communications Office, Peter Fischer, told swissinfo he was happy with the new law.

"Given the fact that spam is a phenomenon which is not limited to Switzerland, the measures taken are the best possible," said Fischer.

"It's a start," Marc Henauer, head of the Coordination Unit for Cybercrime Control (CYCO), told swissinfo.
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