Official: Spam costs E10 billion
February 2, 2001
Spam costs Net users a whopping E10 billion ($9.33 billion) a year, according to the European Commission.
Commenting on the findings of an European study, Internal Market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein said: "The exponential growth of junk e-mail in recent years is a fact of life.
"Current technology allows a single cyber-marketing company to send half a billion personalised ad mails via the World Wide Web every day.
"Consumer information gleaned from individual Web transactions/consultations can be sold for large sums of money, and yet many individual subscribers are unaware of the scale and implications of these developments.
A recent meeting of data protection chiefs suggested the idea of banning spam was gaining momentum. ®
Tim Richardson, The Register