Senate Committee Backs Spam-Exterminator Proposal

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Fueled by rising frustration with the growing commercial clutter in e-mail in-boxes, an antispam bill was voted out of committee for the first time during this Congressional session.

With minimal discussion and debate, the Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved a bill to make it illegal for anyone to use fraudulent or deceptive return e-mail addresses, fake e-mail headers or use false subject lines.

The bill calls for misdemeanor penalties of up to one year for spammers. But the Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over more serious crimes, is exploring the idea of adding more stringent penalties.


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