Senate Passes SAFEWEB Act

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The Senate has passed the Undertaking Spam, Spyware and Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers Beyond Borders Act of 2005, which would establish new authorities for the Federal Trade Commission to fight spam, spyware and consumer fraud originating from offshore. The legislation passed by unanimous consent last week.


The U.S. SAFEWEB Act, S. 1608, would authorize the FTC to start cooperative cross-border law enforcement projects and better track fraudulent financial proceeds. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.


"Many of those responsible for fraudulent Web sites and deceptive e-mails are criminals who operate under false pretenses and outside of U.S. borders," Jerry Cerasale, senior vice president for government affairs at the Direct Marketing Association, said in a statement yesterday. "Giving [the] FTC the authority and funding it needs to work cooperatively with regulatory counterparts and law enforcement officials from around the world is a positive step toward combating this problem."


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