Spam Recycling Center Launched
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ChooseYourMail.com, SAFEeps, the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (CAUCE) and the Forum for Responsible Ethical Email (F.R.E.E.) launched a joint project enabling consumers to recycle their "spam" e-mail into money-saving offers from online retail sponsors.
The anti-spam advocates and companies said they have joined forces behind the Spam Recycling Center (SRC) in an effort to fight spam, raise public awareness and promote responsible e-mail marketing practices.
Internet users may forward their unsolicited commercial e-mail to the SRC, where it will be cataloged and forwarded to the Federal Trade Commission and shared with filtering organizations for use in the development of better anti-spam software.
After going to the Spam Recycling Center, Netizens are given instructions on how to forward their spam and, if they choose, get the featured special offer from a retail sponsor. The first retail sponsor is CDnow, which is offering $5 off a new CD to participants. Users also get the opportunity to sign a petition asking Congress to restrict spam as well as read summaries of the current anti-spam legislation pending on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures.
While in the Spam Recycling Center, Internet users are also given the opportunity to have their e-mail address included in the SAFEeps "opt-out" database. The SAFEeps system from Phoenix, AZ-based American Computer Group [ACG] allows e-mail marketers to purge their lists of individuals or organizations that do not wish to receive unsolicited commercial e- mail.