Five million subscribers to America OnLine (AOL) were in danger of having their Email addresses handed over to spammers last week courtesy of the self-styled National Organisation of Internet Commerce (NOIC). The NOIC said it would post five million addresses on its home page unless AOL gave in to its demands to discuss allowing AOL subscribers to receive unsolicited Email or spam. AOL said it is considering legal action against the NOIC if it publishes members' addresses. The company said it processes 22 million Emails a day for its 10 million members and tries to block junk mail before it reaches the end user. But the NOIC claims this is censorship and prevents legitimate small businesses from advertising products over the Internet. It says AOL members should have to opt out of receiving unsolicited mail.
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