[MacUser] The New Spam Law Summary
vkn at afrigeneas.com
Tue Dec 16 08:22:00 EST 2003
THE NEW LAW
President Bush is expected to sign the Can-Spam Act of 2003 into law today
at the White House. The measure, effective Jan. 1, will:
Authorize the Federal Trade Commission to evaluate creation of a "do not
e-mail" registry. It doesn't require the agency to develop a registry.
Prohibit sending junk e-mail that uses deceptive subject lines or
falsifies routing information, including the "from" field.
Require senders to include a return address and give recipients a
mechanism for "opting out" of subsequent e-mails.
Ban harvesting addresses from Web sites.
Require sexually explicit material to be labeled as such.
Impose penalties. Senders of fraudulent spam face up to five years in
prison and fines up to $2 million, while intentional violators could face up
to $6 million. Damages for falsifying the source or routing of messages
would be unlimited.
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