About the London Action Plan

On October 11, 2004, government and public agencies from 27 countries responsible for enforcing laws concerning spam met in London to discuss international spam enforcement cooperation. At this meeting, a broad range of spam enforcement agencies, including data protection agencies, telecommunications agencies and consumer protection agencies, met to discuss international spam enforcement cooperation. Several private sector representatives also collaborated in parts of the meeting.

Mission Statement

The purpose of this Action Plan is to promote international spam enforcement cooperation and address spam related problems, such as online fraud and deception, phishing, and dissemination of viruses. The participants also open the Action Plan for participation by other interested government and public agencies, and by appropriate private sector representatives, as a way to expand the network of entities engaged in spam enforcement cooperation.

Value Proposition

The London Action Plan (LAP) was founded in 2004 with the purpose of promoting international spam enforcement cooperation. Since inception, LAP has expanded its mandate to include additional online and mobile threats, including malware, SMS spam and Do-Not-Call.

LAP membership includes representatives from the government regulatory and enforcement community and interested industry members. Through annual meetings and bimonthly teleconferences, members stay connected and share information that is critical for any organization engaged in anti-spam regulation and enforcement.

LAP is a continually developing and expanding organization, offering unique opportunities to its membership including:

 Regulatory and Legislative Guidance
  • Members with experience enacting legislation in their own country are in direct contact with each other and therefore in an excellent position to provide guidance on global best practices.
Technology and Enforcement Training
  • Conferences, like the M3AAWG/LAP joint conference most recently held Montreal, QC, are an opportunity for members to participate in workshops and discussions on cutting edge investigative and enforcement initiatives.
Enforcement Partnerships
  • A coordinated approach to online threats is essential for enforcement. LAP supports partnerships between countries, industry and law enforcement, many of which have led to information sharing and joint law enforcement initiatives.
Leadership in the Global Community
  • LAP, in partnership with M³AAWG, developed the OECD Online Best Practices Paper published in 2012. This Paper has garnered significant attention as a comprehensive guide to dealing with spam and botnets. 
Access to Related Networks i.e.:
  • Messaging, Mobile and Malware Anti-Abuse Working Group (M³AAWG): Global working group focused on collaboration and addressing various forms of messaging abuse
  • International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN): Membership comprises consumer protection authorities from over 50 countries
  • The Internet Society (ISOC): A global, cause-driven organization and an independent source of leadership for Internet policy, technology standards and future developments. 
  • Internet Governance Forum (IGF): A forum for multi-stakeholder discussion on public policy issues relating to the Internet. While there is no negotiated outcome, the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors.
  • OECD Committee on Consumer Policy: Develops and strengthens policy initiatives that support consumer well-being among its 34 member countries.  LAP supports the OECD’s work through joint meetings and relevant reports, such as the Best Practices Report, referenced above.

The Plan