The latest version of the CAN-SPAM Act, which bans certain spam-related activities in the US, was passed by the US Senate, moving the controversial bill one step close to President Bush’s desk.
The bill has been welcomed by those that see it as a way to jail or fine the most egregious spammers without harming the legitimate interests of marketing companies, but criticized by those that see it as a way to legalize spam and kill stronger state laws.
Senator Ron Wyden said of the Senate’s latest vote: The CAN-SPAM law will help the internet remain open for business and keep Americans’ in-boxes closed to inappropriate and unwanted spam e-mail.
California State Senator Debra Bowen, one of the major drivers behind a California law that was due to become law January 1 but will now be preempted by CAN-SPAM, said: The bill doesn’t can spam, it legalizes it.
Spam is spam, there’s no such thing as ‘good spam’ and ‘bad spam’, she said in a statement. It’s basically high-tech junk faxing that forces e-mail users to pay for someone else’s advertising campaign.
This article was based on material originally published by ComputerWire.