HOUSE PASSES BILL BARRING UNSOLICITED E-MAIL ON NET

NEW YORK — The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed by a vote of 427-1 the first bill that would bar Internet marketers from sending unsolicited e-mails, also known as “spam,” unless they are identified as unsolicited commercial advertisements.
The legislation further mandates that spammers must include a return e-mail address that gives recipients of the marketing missives the ability to opt out of future solicitations. It would also enable the Federal Trade Commission to take action against spammers. Individuals who are unable themselves to take legal action will be able to file complaints with the FTC to investigate incidents and recover penalties.
The bill, co-written by Rep. Gene Green (D.-Texas) and Rep. Heather Wilson (R.-N.M.) is expected to be sent to the Senate this week.

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