Compliance with the CAN-SPAM act of 2003

Galen A. Grimes

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The application of the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act of 2003 and its effect on controlling unsolicited commercial email (UCE) messages are discussed. The Act is intended to set specifications for how email advertisers can legally distribute UCE messages and specifically commercial email messages containing pornographic text and images. The CAN-SPAM Act places several restrictions on advertisers for the distribution of UCE messages including harvesting email addresses from Web sites or newsgroups and illegally using a third-party computer to relay spam messages. It specifically states that subject lines cannot be misleading. US authorities have taken action against violators and since January 2004 more than 50 federal arrests have been made against alleged violators of the Act.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-62
Number of pages7
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


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