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Feds call for global spam fight

U.S. Federal Trade Commission joins foreign partners in a call for more cross-border action against spammers.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has joined international partners in a call for a more international fight against spam. The agency supports the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in its recommendations for stepped up cross-border law enforcement cooperation and increased cooperation between governments and private organizations to combat junk e-mail, it said in a statement Thursday.

"Spam poses unique challenges for law enforcement in that senders can send their messages from anywhere in the world to anyone in the world," the FTC said in a statement. This makes spam an international problem, the agency said. The FTC already works with governments abroad. The agency has also asked Congress to enact the US SAFE WEB Act, which would give it new tools to cooperate with foreign counterparts in fighting spam and other types of cross-border fraud.