Federal Committee Targets Spam
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The House Commerce Committee Thursday approved an anti-spam bill.
H.R. 3113, the "Unsolicited Commercial Electronic Mail Act of 2000," is designed to protect consumers and Internet Service Providers from the growing volumes of unsolicited commercial e-mail. The bill now heads to the full House for consideration.
If passed, the bill would allow ISPs and consumers to sue spammers for up to $150,000 per violation of a posted no-spam policy or for failing to comply with individual e-mail users requests to be omitted from future mailings.
"If passed into law, this bill will unify the patchwork of anti-spam laws being passed in the states giving marketers and consumers a clear understanding of what types of e-mail advertising are proper and acceptable.
"Additionally, it will give ISPs and consumers alike a fighting chance at protecting themselves, their children, and their computer systems from the dangers of spam," he said.