24 September 2003

Davis To Sign Anti-Spam, ID Theft Legislation

NBC 4 - Technology - Davis To Sign Anti-Spam, ID Theft Legislation: "Spammers Could Be Fined Up To $1 Million

LOS ANGELES -- California will become the first state in the nation to prohibit Internet advertisers from sending unsolicited e-mails known as spam, under legislation that Gov. Gray Davis said he would sign Tuesday.

The anti-spam legislation targets not only the firms that package and send the unwanted e-mails to consumers, but also the companies whose products and services are being advertised. The measure covers all unsolicited commercial e-mail sent or received in California and imposes fines of up to $1 million per incident.

'There are no loopholes, no way of getting around it,' said the bill's author, state Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Los Angeles. 'We are confident that this is going to stop the billions that we are losing to spam.'

Murray said California is the first state to take such a step against spam."

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