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1. Federal Trade Commission would set up a "Do Not Spam" registry
2. Businesses could send UCE to anyone until they are asked to stop
3. Penalties include millions in fines and up to 5 years in jail
4. Individuals could not sue spammers
This may sound good to Joe Citizen, but I can't see how it will be practical, enforceable, or make a difference in the way my Inbox looks every morning. Most spam's origins are not going to be tracked down easily, and in many cases it does not originate within the US.
Nowadays, most Spammers seem to use spoofed sender information. I received a number of "undeliverable" mails "back" lately that seemingly originated from non-existent addresses on my domains.
Looking at the full headers, it was clear that the mail came from another server.
So, someone just used the domain name, attached a random user name to it and used this as the sender.
Let's hope that, if some people really decide to go after spammers, they actually possess the necessary knowledge to distinguish between the sender addy and the real spammer.
Otherwise, it would be easy to harm your competition by sending such messages in their name.
Ah, shucks - you mean all I need to do is reply (to their invalid return address) with a note stating I'd like them to stop spamming me... and do that three hundred or so times a day?
In the spirit of sheer speculation, if the Feds only investigated the spam reported by WebmasterWorld members, they'd need to employ a staff of hundreds working 24/7. Where does that leave the rest of the world?
Another plan poorly executed, leaving the public with the same burden as before.
BTW, most spam does indeed originate in the US. They either hire foreigners or have it routed thru servers in other countries to conceal their tracks. Florida is a big haven for spammers.
If someone wants to set up a spam business directed at US consumers, there are legal and easy ways to do so, this bill notwithstanding.
Spammers have an Achilles Heel and it is the only way to go after them. They can only exist as long as Credit Card companies allow payments to be made through them. All Credit Card companies in the US are Federally regulated. Just as regulators go after Terrorist and Drug Dealers they must go after the spammers. The laws against using banks as part of a fraud already exist. Only the will to enforce them is missing.
The Credit Card companies are a powerful lobby and major spammers, that is why politicans are much more willing to pass meaningless bills. The laws won't stop the big bad guys but will stop the local merchant from looking for new business in his area,