People want antispam registry, senator says

Friday, 25 July 2003, 2:22 PM EST

Trying to drum up support for his antispam legislation, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) released survey results today showing that 74% of U.S. Internet users want a national do-not-spam registry.

Schumer introduced his Stop Pornography and Abusive Marketing (SPAM) Act last month. It includes a national do-not-spam registry similar to the national do-not-call list that 28 million U.S. residents have signed up for since late June. But Schumer's bill hasn't received a hearing before the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and staff at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have expressed concerns that a do-not-spam list would be more difficult to administer than the telemarketing list.

Schumer said that another antispam bill, the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act, may get a vote on the Senate floor before the summer recess begins Aug. 4. If the Senate doesn't take up his SPAM Act, Schumer promised to offer an amendment to CAN-SPAM.

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