As usual with things too good to be true, Ed Foster’s Gripelog points out that the Anti-Spam Bill being rammed through Congress is not the savior of Internet e-mail after all. Instead, it’s a way for direct marketers to override much stricter laws that have been passed by the states (especially California’s).
Rather than have consumers “opt-in” and sign up for any messages for Viagra they want to receive, the Federal law relies on “opt-out”. In other words, to stop getting unsolicited e-mail, you have to provide the spammer with your e-mail address–confirming it as valid for them.
Merry Christmas, Spammers!
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