Hong Kong is likely to remain a spammers' haven, with protection laws lagging far behind the crimes. Despite last week's call by a magistrate for the Government to enact legislation to protect people from being bombarded with computer junk mail, or 'spam', the Security Bureau has no plans to update the Crimes Ordinance. A spokesman said: 'A number of ordinances were amended in 1993 to tackle computer crimes. Under the Crimes Ordinance there are provisions against access to a computer with criminal or dishonest intent. 'In addition, unauthorised access to computer by telecommunication means is prohibited under the Telecommunication Ordinance.' The magistrate in last week's case said he could not convict a man who sent thousands of e-mails using companies' servers without permission because the spammer had not acted dishonestly or caused losses. But Professor Sam Chanson, director of the Cyberspace Centre at the University of Science and Technology, said he believed the companies involved had suffered losses, though intangible ones, because spamming could slow down or crash mail servers. In the absence of new legislation, an education campaign is to be launched by October by the Office of the Telecommunications Authority hoping to curb mass junk e-mailings. The office has discussed a code of practice with Internet service providers and the campaign will advise them how to deal with people who abuse the system, but it will not address security measures to protect mail servers. The campaign will encourage Internet providers to take action against people sending large amounts of unsolicited e-mail, but there will be no blacklist of known spammers.