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Can the Spam

Rather than restricting Unsolicited Commercial Email (UCE), the CAN-SPAM act of 2003 was effectively a blanket permission for spammers to ply their trade. I have noticed that while many email providers, including mine (Comcast) have effective up-front spam filters, a good deal continues to slip through, mostly those consisting of random alphabet-soup headers and an image.

I wish the act included this verbage:

Every unsolicited commercial email must contain the following words in plain text in the body of the message: 'This may be an unsolicited commercial email.'

Harsh penalties would apply to all spammers who fail to include this disclaimer. This would allow spammers to continue to operate (legally, if not morally) under the existing act, and would give consumers the tool needed to filter out such hqiz if they do not wish to receive it. Legitimate vendors could then give their customer base the opportunity to white-list them, or to "opt-in" rather than forcing them to opt out of further mailings.

I hate spam with a passion, and would love to see it eliminated altogether.

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mermaidstitcher
Oct. 25th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
My wish list would also have:
1)the company name
2)the company address
3)the company phone
4)the name of the owner
deckardcanine
Oct. 26th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
Your idea sounds similar in principle to magazine ads with the tiny word "ADVERTISEMENT" at the top or bottom (used, in my experience, only when it's not immediately obvious), only more important.

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