Anti-Spam Bill Passes House Subcommittee
It will now go to the House Commerce Committee for a vote, but a date has not yet been set.
The bill, proposed by Reps. Heather Wilson, R-NM; Gary Miller, R-CA; and Gene Green, D-TX, will:
o Require accurate return addresses on unsolicited commercial e-mail.
o Make it illegal to send spam to people who have requested to be removed from a list.
o Make it illegal to cull e-mail addresses from Internet registrars.
o Require spam to be identified as such.
o Require Internet service providers to protect their customers from spam if the ISP profits from allowing spam into its system.
o Allow individuals to sue spammers.
o Allow ISPs to have a spam policy and sue spammers for $500 per message if they violate the policy.
o Authorize the Federal Trade Commission to prosecute spammers who violate this law.