Nice Try, Uncle

To win the award for best “Nice Try But Waste of Your Time” legislature, the Senate has passed the bill introduced in the House of Representatives to help reduce spam.  The idea is that, like the Do Not Call list, this bill allows the FTC to create a “do not spam” list, and makes it illegal to send emails to addresses on this list.  It also makes it illegal to use any type of spoofing to hide the original source of the email.

[Conrad] Burns [(R. Mont)] said the spam bill wouldn’t have a major effect on reducing the amount of spam in consumers’ inboxes until a few major violators are prosecuted and fined or jailed. He said Congress would watch closely to ensure the legislation is properly enforced.

While that’s true, am I the only one considering a scenario much worse than simply being ineffective?  How many people are going to hop at a chance to get on this list?  Oh, say, everyone you know.  That list, in order to give email marketers the tools needed to comply with the law, will be available to them in full.  Let that sink in.  A list of email addresses that they are 100% certain go to a live human being.

Thanks, Uncle Spam.  Do Not Call had my praise, but this, I’ll pass.

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C’mon, dude… you’re supposed to cite your sources when you quote something! :D

Oh yeah, oops.  My memory must have been forgettaba-awesome.

What are those advertisements for and “who” is advertising them? My point is that unwanted spam will eventually point to some merchant, some place for a point of sale, etc. Even with a “no spam list” it should be possible to prosecute violaters.

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