Spam Now Legal In The US
from the wonderful dept
As expected, President Bush signed the so-called "CAN SPAM" bill into law today, effectively legalizing spam. What the law does is make sure that anyone now has the right to spam you legitimately, so long as they provide contact information and a way to opt-out. This means, the floodgates will open as all those out-of-work telemarketers now have a new job: spamming you. Wasn't the law supposed to stop spam? Well, the one anti-spam idea in the bill is that it bans people from faking headers for the sake of spamming - which would make a difference if spammers actually cared about the law. They've shown already that they're not too concerned, and thanks to their ability to fake headers and route their spam through many different computers, it will be very difficult to track them down. So, now we'll be getting much more "legitimate" spam, and just as much, if not more, fraudulent spam. Why is this a good law again?