Congress Dips Its Toe in Anti-Spam Legislation

By Deane Barker on November 22, 2003

Congress Passes Bill That Will Limit Spam: Yesterday, I would have been thrilled. But after reading this article, I don’t know if it matters anymore.

The bills would prohibit senders of unsolicited commercial e-mail from disguising their identity by using a false return address or misleading subject line. They also would prohibit senders from harvesting addresses off Web sites and require such e-mails to include a mechanism so recipients can indicate they do not want future mass mailings.
Both bills authorize the Federal Trade Commission to establish a do-not-spam list, similar to the agency’s popular do-not-call list of telephone numbers that marketers are supposed not to call.