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H.R. 2214Introduced in House of Representatives on May 22, 2003 The
RID Spam ActCongressman Bob Goodlatte introduced H.R. 2214, the RID Spam Act, legislation which provides consumers the choice to opt-out of commercial email and cracks down on senders who falsify their identity to send unwanted e-mail that clogs in-boxes.
"It is time to can spam. Unsolicited e-mail, such as advertisements, solicitations or chain letters, is the 'junk mail' of the information age," Goodlatte, who co-chairs the Congressional Internet Caucus, said. "These unwanted messages burden consumers by slowing down their e-mail connections and cause big problems for small Internet Service Providers that are trying to compete with larger companies and larger servers. The RID Spam Act is an exciting development in the effort to curb spam, and I am hopeful that it will move forward quickly. "
The RID Spam Act makes it a criminal offense to send a commercial e-mail which falsifies the sender's identity. Additionally, the legislation makes it a crime if the sender fails to place warning labels on spam that includes sexually explicit material, or if the spammer "harvests" (goes into an online business' electronic list of e-mail and the takes the list without permission) an e-mail and uses that e-mail to violate another section of the bill.
"I constantly hear from constituents who are understandably frustrated by spam e-mail, particularly those that are explicit in nature," Goodlatte continued. "This legislation will assist parents in protecting their children from pornography and other undesirable e-mail solicitations."
The civil provisions of the legislation make it mandatory for all commercial e-mails to include the following:
The RID Spam Act has been referred to both the Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Judiciary Committee, on which Goodlatte serves.
H. R. 2214
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