Spammers may finally face a serious backlash as a US state gets close to passing a bill that would give ISPs the power to sue senders of junk email.
If passed by the governor of California, the bill would let ISPs post a policy barring spam from their server and sue advertisers for $50 each time a piece of email violated the policy.
The bill is said to go further than the most recent government anti-spam legislation currently under consideration. This has come under fire from anti-spam campaigners, (see Newswire 7 August) who claim that it would actually make it easier for spammers. The bill states that if the email?s sender is properly identified and it is labelled as spam then it is legitimate and will not suffer penalties.
California, known for its high-tech know-how, also seems to be taking the lead in bringing about legislation regarding the Internet. Earlier this week VNU Newswire reported on the California Internet Tax Freedom Act forbidding any new taxes on Internet activity, including online purchases and server accounts.
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