Tuesday, January 11, 2005

CAN SPAM Worked

Ever since the CAN SPAM (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing) Act of 2003 became law, there have been questions as to whether it was strong enough to be effective. According to Wired News, the Federal Trade Commission just won a court order to shut down the illegal advertising of six companies. According to the article, the email messages:
  • did not include the phrase "sexually-explicit" in the subject line;
  • falsely promised free membership to their websites;
  • prevented recipients from stopping unwanted email messages.

All good news, but the best news is that FTC found these companies because people sent their names and complaints to them. If you have a complaint about a company, you can use the FTC's Consumer Complaint Form or email them directly at spam@uce.gov.

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