Will ENUM be a spammer's fantasy come true?
by Glen Gillmore
The US Department of Commerce is recomending that the US participate in something called ENUM, a global domain set aside for electronic numbering (e164.arpa), which links e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, and cell phone numbers--allowing us to have both voice and data communications through one single identifier, either a telephone number or an e-mail address.
Here is a link to the copy of a letter Assistant Secretary of Commerce Nancy J. Victory sent to Ambassador David A. Gross, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy:
If implemented correctly, this might prove to be very useful, and it not, very dangerous. Will this make it easier to spam me everywhere and anytime?
What are the pros and cons?
Spammers? No. Homeland security? Yes.
This initiative will have no effect on spammers. My email address is already available in many places online. My phone number is already in the phone book. My pager and mobile numbers are already available from my business. My cell phone company already provides a text messaging email address.