Feeds

Congress passes anti-spam bill

'Ham fisted' CAN-SPAM Act

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Congress yesterday passed a much-criticised anti-spam bill, after the House voted to approve minor Senate amendments.

The Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act does more harm than good in the fight against spam, according to critics.

The bill criminalises common spamming tactics, such as using false return address. But it overrides Californian laws which had allowed spam recipients to sue their tormentors.

The bill requires online marketeers to act on requests to "opt out" of future emails.

This is much less strict than the 'opt-in' approach adopted by European Union legislation, which means e-marketers must seek the permission of consumers before they send out commercial emails.

Unfavourable comparisons between the two approaches has led anti-spam group Spamhaus to dub the bill the YOU-CAN-SPAM Act.

The Can-Spam Act is expected to be signed into law by President Bush before the start of next year. ®

Related Stories

The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-Mail (another critic of the bill)

Related Stories

US anti-spam laws 'will legalise spam'
UK Govt fouls up anti-spam plans, say experts
Dangerous Mimail variant knocks over anti-spam sites
Microsoft aims to 'shift the tide' in war on spam
The conspiracy against our in-boxes
The economics of spam
US man threatens anthrax attack on spammers

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.