In July 2003, the Government adopted, at the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the Information Society, a series of measures to combat spam, the implementation of which was entrusted to the DDM. A contact group bringing together the main players in the Internet, both public and private, was set up. The work of this contact group has led to a concrete solution: a national platform for automatic spam reporting.
7.Actions taken to combat "spam": The French Government is committed to the fight against "spam"
France’s action in the fight against spam is achieved through a two-pronged approach: a national approach open to all stakeholders and an international approach that helps clarify national issues.
The fight against spam at national level
In July 2003, the Government adopted measures to combat spam at the Interdepartmental Committee for the Information Society. The following decisions were taken:
- The creation of a contact group of anti-spam actors;
Led by the Media Development Directorate, it brings together representatives of the State, regulatory authorities, civil society and internet professionals around the coordination of protection actions undertaken by the various actors on the ground.
- the mobilisation of the DDM Department of Statistics, Studies and Media Documentation on statistical work to qualify and quantify the phenomenon,
- the strengthening of the missions of the CNIL (as well as the DGCCRF and the police and gendarmerie investigation services) under the Trust in the Digital Economy Act, to enable it to contribute to better information for citizens and to be part of the system put in place,
France’s active participation in all international forums dealing with spam
France is convinced that it is necessary to integrate the international dimension of spam in order to effectively combat this phenomenon. It is thus particularly present in all the international and European fora dealing with judicial cooperation, information exchange and good practices on spam: European Commission, OECD, ITU, ASEM, APEC.
- Participation in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS):
The WSIS, organized by the ITU, is taking place in two phases.
The first phase took place in Geneva from 10 to 12 December 2003. DDM and the Ministry for Research and New Technologies held a round table on spam.
In this first phase, 175 countries adopted a Declaration of Principles and an Action Plan that aims to “build trust and security in information and communication technologies”.
A second phase took place in Tunis from 16 to 18 November 2005 on the digital divide, Internet governance and the definition of a mechanism for the implementation of the Geneva Action Plan. This second phase led to the creation of the Internet Governance Forum, which met for the first time in Athens from 30 October to 2 November 2006.
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- Participation in European Commission initiatives
The European Commission has made the fight against spam one of its priorities. It has set up various programmes which are being implemented by France:
- Safer Internet Plus aims to promote safe use of the Internet and new online technologies. In particular, the programme finances the development of technical measures enabling users to limit the volume of unwanted and harmful content they receive.
- Following a Commission communication of 2004, a contact network of the Contact Network of Spam Authorities (CNSA) sets out a common procedure for dealing with cross-border complaints about spam.
- The "I-2010" initiative for a European Information Society focuses on issues of trust and security, making the fight against spam one of its priorities.
France actively participates in all of this work.
Presentation of the contribution of the European Commission at the Conference of Posts and Telecommunications of French-speaking Countries (J-F Soupizet):
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- Participation in the work of the OECD (Organisation for Trade and Economic Development):
With a view to international coordination between OECD countries to combat spam, the OECD Task Force (Working Group), set up in July 2004, is developing an anti-spam "toolkit" to help governments, regulators and industry to guide their anti-spam policies. France is particularly active in this task force. It is "pilot" on various subjects, particularly in the field of statistical work.
In addition, France is developing a website to be made available to the OECD to facilitate information sharing.
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- Participation in the activities of the Conférence des postes et télécommunications des pays d'expression francophone (CAPTEF)
- Participation in the activities of the Asia-Europe Conference (ASEM)
ASEM regularly organises workshops and conferences on the subject of electronic commerce. The DDM presented all French public policies to combat spam at the conference on 21 and 22 February 2005.