The Spam Act 2003 has been successful in thwarting unwanted e-mails in Australia but has had limited effect on preventing international spam, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). Computerworld reports that at a recent senate hearing on the adequacy of online protections, ACMA spokeswoman Nerida O'Loughlin said that while the act has given the ACMA some great powers domestically, material emanating from outside of the country continues to present "a problem for us jurisdictionally as well as practically." O'Loughlin added that the ACMA collected $22.25 million in the last financial year for violations of the Spam Act, and that 5.04 million people are now on the Do Not Call Register.
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