Considering jail for spammers



Germany's ruling Social Democratic Party (SPD) is discussing tough sanctions for spammers. These would include big fines for spammers and the companies which use their services, and prison sentences for the worst offenders, The Register reports.

Germany's current laws affecting spammers are weak and SPD member Ulrich Kelber says that small fines will not deter the top 50 spammers. "In the event of repeated violation we need really hard sanctions," he said.

He also pointed out that the law could be a signal to other countries too.

"And perhaps even spammers outside of Germany would think twice if they know that they had to face these sentences when they cross German borders," he said.