Congress OKs antispam legislation
The unanimous approval by the House of Representatives ends a tumultuous process that stretched over more than six years and was marked by more than a dozen competing bills, all of which took different approaches to the ever-growing problem of unsolicited commercial e-mail.
The final version of the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act represents a compromise aimed at eliminating the most egregious tactics used by spammers, such as forging e-mail headers and sending unsolicited pornographic advertisements. It requires that marketers include "a functioning return" address or a link to a Web form capable of accepting unsubscribe requests.
Supporters of the legislation said that the growing problem of spam, and the amount of money it costs U.S. businesses, meant urgent action was necessary. "It's been a long time coming, and it was a lot of work to get it there," said Chris Fitzgerald, spokesman for Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. "But this is the first national law to crack down on kingpin spammers and to help protect Americans from unwanted and often offensive e-mail."
[ Read more ]
- Article: Spam Prevention Tips for Small Businesses (19 September 2003)
- Article: Iraq Dragged Into The Infamous 419 Scam (7 April 2003)
- Article: Spam Checklist - April Fool's Day is Approaching (27 March 2003)
- Article: Spam Wars - Rise of the Spam (16 May 2002)
- Article: Spam: The problems with junk e-mail (8 April 2002)
- Article: Mail Abuse Prevention Organization stands up to giant Harris Interactive (4 April 2002)
- Article: The six headed spam monster (1 April 2002)
Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.