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Spam content getting worse

driveconsultant
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Posts: 164
Registered: 03-08-2007

Spam content getting worse

I received a spam today containing a very explicit pornographic image. This is a first for me.

I wonder whether this takes the legal implications of spam to a new level. If the image had been, for instance, of kiddy porn, would I have been breaking the law to even look at this unwanted image, bearing in mind that it would have been stored on my machine for a short time? Would kiddy porn in spam force the authorities to work a bit harder to trace the perpetrators?
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Community Veteran
Posts: 1,886
Registered: 05-04-2007

Spam content getting worse

We already have a thread dedicated to Spam located here


However, on reflection I was probably too hasty to lock this topic as it presents a different perspective on traditional types of Spam..

A warning to all though, if it wavers off topic too much I will lock it again.

Roger.
thehatman
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Posts: 574
Registered: 01-08-2007

Spam content getting worse

People probably won't like this, but I think more commonplace explicit images of sex are a good thing. Societies that treat this all as less taboo, like the Dutch, seem to have more sexually well-adjusted citizens, more accepting, informed, less teenage pregnancy, etc.

People in the UK are so afraid of sex. Spam is annoying, but does it really matter if it is sexually explicit? I also think that it may well not be damaging for children to see images of natural, consensual sex, including homosexual. (Sex between children and adults is a very different thing of course. That is abuse).
KevinHyland
Grafter
Posts: 61
Registered: 20-08-2007

Re: Spam content getting worse

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I received a spam today containing a very explicit pornographic image. This is a first for me.

I wonder whether this takes the legal implications of spam to a new level. If the image had been, for instance, of kiddy porn, would I have been breaking the law to even look at this unwanted image, bearing in mind that it would have been stored on my machine for a short time? Would kiddy porn in spam force the authorities to work a bit harder to trace the perpetrators?


To answer your question about receiving spam child porn, (even typing it legitimately makes me cringe) according to information I have heard on reports about this in the past, receiving unsolicited material of this type would not be treated as any kind of offence. The authorities are mainly after those who are actively involved in creating and viewing this unspeakable, vile, filth.

I would suggeest that, in the unlikely event you did receive something of that sort, you delete it immediately and don't open it or especially any links it might contain.

I sincerely hope you never need this advice though...
pennbank
Grafter
Posts: 102
Registered: 02-08-2007

Spam content getting worse

The Internet Watch Foundation
The UK hotline for reporting illegal content specifically:
Child abuse images hosted worldwide and criminally obscene and incitement to racial hatred content hosted in the UK

http://www.iwf.org.uk/
driveconsultant
Grafter
Posts: 164
Registered: 03-08-2007

Spam content getting worse

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People probably won't like this, but I think more commonplace explicit images of sex are a good thing. Societies that treat this all as less taboo, like the Dutch, seem to have more sexually well-adjusted citizens, more accepting, informed, less teenage pregnancy, etc.

People in the UK are so afraid of sex. Spam is annoying, but does it really matter if it is sexually explicit? I also think that it may well not be damaging for children to see images of natural, consensual sex, including homosexual. (Sex between children and adults is a very different thing of course. That is abuse).


That is a very controversial viewpoint. There is a big difference between a curious teenager privately seeking out some "dirty pictures" and receiving a mail in your inbox which basically says, "look at this close-up image of penetrative sexual intercourse", which you receive no matter how young you are and wherever you may be (e.g. in the office).
driveconsultant
Grafter
Posts: 164
Registered: 03-08-2007

Re: Spam content getting worse

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I would suggeest that, in the unlikely event you did receive something of that sort, you delete it immediately and don't open it or especially any links it might contain.

I sincerely hope you never need this advice though...


In that case, I would much rather be able to take some action in order to prevent other people from seeing this.

For a long time, spam was just an annoyance, however recently it has progressed very rapidly to include explicit language, solicitation for prostitution, and now explicit images. It is only a small step to child porn and illegal hard drugs.