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Question re: 'Can Spam' bill just signed by GWB(5 posts)

Question re: 'Can Spam' bill just signed by GWBmdehner
Dec 16, 2003 2:42 PM
In this era of (ahem) smaller, less-intrusive federal government, why was this bill written to preempt state laws on the subject? I can't figure out why it wasn't structured to provide mandatory protections, while leaving the several states free to enact more stringent anti-spam laws. A little help here?
Just a guessfiltersweep
Dec 16, 2003 3:17 PM
You are spammed by a man who lives in Texas (but his business is registered in NV) who accessed a remote server in Virginia through his ISP headquartered in NJ to spam you who are living in Vermont. The internet makes a mockery of jurisdictional lines.

Same spammer could have as easily been in MN, but accessed an open server in Taiwan...
Most spam originates from ...Live Steam
Dec 16, 2003 3:39 PM
servers outside of the US. So enforcement isn't likely anyway.
Oh another thing ...Live Steam
Dec 16, 2003 3:45 PM
I don't know how to really explain it. You techies out there can do a better job, but a friend who is a computer consultant and fellow cyclist said something to the effect that spammers use "hostage servers" or something like that. They gain unauthorized access to servers and then use their mail client to spam from. They use the established email address' on that server and spam those people. The advertising we receive from legitimate sources such as Bestbuy or other, will be impacted, but the nasty stuff will continue.
"Legalizing" Spamfiltersweep
Dec 16, 2003 5:10 PM
www.spamhaus.org