Congress has reached an agreement on antispam legislation.

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Nov 22, 2003.

  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I'm not in the US, and I don't get spam (I'm careful), but I'm sure this will be a good move to decrease the amount of spam worldwide. A lot of spam comes from outside the US, and I doubt that the new law will do much to stop that, but the stuff that does come from the US should be reduced. The less spam, the better :)
  3. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    This may be the one thing the entire world would agree on. Perhaps we can all tear down our borders, forget about our petty differences, and unite against the common enemy...

    penis enlargement devices.
  4. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    I would like to see less spam. What bothers me the most is that I have been getting at least one graphic pornography E.Mail per day. The penis enlargements don't bother me as much, that along with medication has been going on for almost a year.
  5. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    This is bad news, primarily because it is an opt-out law, not an opt-in law. California's opt-in law, which may now be doomed, made much more sense, although I agree that a national law is much preferable to a mixed bag of state laws.

    I don't think spam will be lessened until we have an opt-in law and penalties that allow law enforcement to go after the people whose products are advertised ("follow the money trail").

    Since some spammers will not follow the law no matter what, and many spammers are out of the country anyway, an opt-out law can't work because victims would have to open and respond to all their spam messages. This might get them off the list for an advertiser who was complying with the new law, but in the process the victim would undoubtedly be responding to phoney opt-out links too, spreading his/her e-mail address further.

    I can't resist one wisecrack: Don't you think CNN should be ashamed of itself for including the e-mail address in their story? Poor Mike is gonna get a lot more spam now!

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