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Salon: States Outlaw Spam

Apr 20, 2000, 13:48 (2 Talkback[s])
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"At least 18 states have enacted or are working on legislation that would impose stiff penalties on commercial e-mailers who engage in unsavory tactics."

"If laws could stop spam, we'd probably get a lot less e-mail. Several state legislatures began trying to regulate commercial e-mail in 1997 and, even as a federal anti-spam bill heads to the House, more states are writing their own legislation -- complete with pricy penalties for violating the law. The following is a summary of state laws that have been enacted or are moving through state legislatures."

"California: Three laws collectively require that unsolicited commercial e-mail include "ADV:" (an abbreviation for "advertisement") or "ADV:ADLT" in the subject line and that the sender's contact information not be falsified. ISPs can sue for $50 per message, up to $25,000 per day. Activists are also pushing to get a "ban spam" initiative on the fall ballot."

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