Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

Senators Introduce Anti-Spam Law

from the but-will-it-do-anything? dept

Not really surprising, at this point, but some Senators have finally gotten around to proposing an anti-spam bill that takes after a number of state anti-spam bills requiring legitimate return addresses. Of course, these types of laws do almost nothing to slow down the spread of spam. First off, many spammers aren't in the US, so they don't care about US laws. Furthermore, by hiding their return address, they make it difficult to track them down - meaning that they can't be found to be charged with violating the law. So, this is a window-dressing piece of legislation - introduced because it looks good for the Senators, but unlikely to do much to actually stop spam. This is actually a repeat of the bill introduced last year that died in committee.

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