Free flow of information
Posted Nov 28, 2003 18:28 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: The CAN-SPAM bill examined
Parent article: The CAN-SPAM bill examined
The bill needed is not complicated. It is forbidden to send comercial email to a person unless this is either a) a current and ongoing customer of you or b) the person has given prior, informed consent to receiving such.
Well, we have this love of the free flow of information in this country. If I'm selling Viagra for half the usual price, I have a right to let it be known that I'm doing so.
Furthermore, commercial communication is a GOOD thing. If you're a regular user of Viagra, it is in your best interest as well as mine that you find out I'm selling it cheap.
I object to the government blocking my email box just as much as I object to the spammers doing it. (The spammers do it by creating such a flood of email that I couldn't pick out truly interesting unsolicited commercial emails even if they were there. And that is the only reason they aren't there!).
I support any law that gets me (and my ISP) more information to use in filtering out uninteresting email -- e.g. genuine headers -- but not a law that attempts to define which emails I don't want.
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