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California Senator Slams 'Can Spam'
by newview 07:35AM Sunday Nov 16 2003
California State Senator Debra Bowen (D-Redondo Beach) reacted angrily to a letter marketers sent to Congress yesterday in which they exhorted legislators to move quickly on Federal anti-spam legislation. "Advertisers love the congressional bills because they don't can spam, they legalize it," Bowen stated in a sharply-worded press release. Headed, "Spammers Take Aim at California Computer Users," the release rebutted the letter's claim that state anti-spam laws are a knee-jerk reaction to the junk e-mail problem.

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Ex .. Ex .. Exactly
Parsonsburg, MD

At last . . . a congress-critter who "gets it"

A more and more countries go to "confirmed opt-in" legislation . . . the United States continues to toy with bills whose wording would actually legalize spam. I'm glad to see one congress-critter understand the ramifications of the implementations of the current bills. I urge all Netizens to contact their elected representatives (by snail-mail, since it carries MUCH more impact) and let them know that a vote FOR these bills would effectively be a vote for their opponent in the upcoming elections in 2004, since you will not vote for ANYONE who supports these bills.

With all of Europe set to implement Opt-in legislation by October, Europe has taken the lead in banning spam and is no longer waiting for the United States to stop the huge American spam problem, problem that most of Europe suffers from with over 90% of all spam hitting Europe being sent by American (mostly Florida-based) spammers.

But the United States is going in the opposite direction to Europe and is now set to explode the spam problem far worse than it is today, incredibly by actually legalizing Unsolicited Bulk Email instead of banning it. The United States Congress is just months away from giving Unsolicited Bulk Email the green light and unleashing the spamming power of 23 Million American small businesses onto an Internet which already can not cope with the billions of unsolicited bulk mailings sent by just 200 current businesses.

A slurry of pro-spam bills are now before the US Congress, each one claiming to be an anti-spam bill, each one seeking to regulate and legalize spamming. All anti-spam organizations are crying out these Bills are seriously flawed and the introduction of any of them into law would be a disaster for the Internet. The worst of these Bills was until recently the Burns-Wyden CAN-SPAM Act, known as the "You CAN Spam" Act because it simply tells spammers that as long as they put "ADV" in the Subject of emails they can flood the mailboxes of 92 Million Americans legally. But even the disastrous Direct Marketing Association-backed 'CAN-SPAM' Act is overshadowed by the even more disastrous "Reduction in Distribution of Spam Act" backed by Billy Tauzin (R-LA), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

The "Reduction in Distribution of Spam Act" does exactly the opposite of what it says. Far from reducing spam it says 23 Million US small businesses can each legally send spam and forces recipients to reply to each new spammer's mailings to 'opt-out' of each of 23 Million potential spammers' lists.

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Where are we going? And what's with the hand basket?