Friday, April 22, 2005

Nice Try Ms. Spammer!

Got an unsolicited e-mail today to buy iSeries disk and memory. Lovely, more junk mail. Well, this email had a footer:

"This email is in compliance with the anti-spam legislation known as the Can-Spam Act of 2003 (S.877). According to this federal legislation (which super cedes all state legislation) a commercial email is not "spam" (even if it is unsolicited) as long as it meets Federal requirements.
If you wish to stop receiving our offers please reply with "remove" in the subject line. It is not our intention to inconvenience or annoy anyone. This email is intended to reach technology dealers who might profit from our offers to sell as well as our requirements to purchase."

So, I checked out the SpamLaws website to find this about the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003:

CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (Pub. L. 108-187, S. 877)

"The Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act requires unsolicited commercial e-mail messages to be labeled (though not by a standard method) and to include opt-out instructions and the sender's physical address. It prohibits the use of deceptive subject lines and false headers in such messages. The FTC is authorized (but not required) to establish a "do-not-email" registry. State laws that require labels on unsolicited commercial e-mail or prohibit such messages entirely are pre-empted, although provisions merely addressing falsity and deception would remain in place. The CAN-SPAM Act took effect on January 1, 2004."

Note the section I bolded above. I'm sorry Amy at Workstation Hardware Services, but your spam is not "in compliance with the anti-spam legislation" because you did not provide your physical address. I will be telling her this in my reply to opt-out.

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