Tech Industry

Federal law aims to squelch spam

roundup Backers say Can-Spam puts junk e-mailers on notice, but critics say spammers will hardly notice.

roundup Backers and critics are ranging their arguments in response to Can-Spam, the first federal law to regulate unsolicited e-mail. Are the new national regulations less effective than the state measures they replace?


President Bush signs landmark legislation to regulate spam, but critics are unimpressed.
December 16, 2003


perspectives U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Conrad Burns say critics overlook the real impact that the law they wrote will have in the reduction of unwanted e-mail.
December 16, 2003


perspectives Antispam technologist Ray Everett-Church says the new congressional legislation entirely misses the core issue.
December 16, 2003


A new study shows that health care-related e-mail messages, primarily those marketing diet pills and Viagra, are the leading category of spam.
December 16, 2003


commentary Technical and legislative efforts--like the Can-Spam Act of 2003--can, at best, only slow the flood of spam. The only permanent solution to the spam problem is to charge for e-mail.
December 16, 2003


The state's attorney general announces that his office made its first felony indictment under Virginia's antispam law. The charges are filed against two North Carolina residents.
December 11, 2003