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Colorado to Pass Anti-spam Law to Root Out Junk E-mails

Colorado will soon declare spam mails illegal. The government is set to pass a new law in January next year (2008) to counter the flow of junk messages, according to D-Aurora Representative, Morgan Carroll. 9news published this on December 12, 2007. The anti-spam legislation will enable Colorado users to file civil lawsuits against spammers and also help district attorneys when they prosecute such crimes.

The legislation would also authorize state prosecutors with concurrent powers under the federal set up of the Can-Spam Act 2003, which prevents the distribution of unsolicited e-mails. According to the law, UCE or Unsolicited Commercial E-mails would clearly be a solicitation and the insertion of bogus or misleading subject lines would be banned.

According to Carroll, the new legislation is not only his battle against spam but a war by all others as well. This is clear from the combined amount of money that individuals, enterprises and government entities are spending to fight spam. Rockmountainnews published this on December 3, 2007.

Two other persons joining Morgan Carroll in the spam war are Bob Hagedorn, State Senator of Aurora and Sara Gagliardi, Representative of Arvada.

Several of the Colorado statutes enable residents to delete their e-mail addresses along with their names from spam and telemarketer lists and also get back compensation of damages by filing civil cases. The problem, however, is that Colorado people spend a lot of time on phony ads on medication and bogus offers of million-dollar entitlements. Even then the law will permit Coloradans to claim damages from the senders of fake, misleading and unwanted spam mails.

As per recent estimates, unsolicited e-mails are increasing the costs for businesses and consumers across the country to around $70 Billion per annum with regards to virus removal and lost productivity. Other estimates indicate that a massive 10.8 Trillion spam mails would be distributed across the globe in 2007.

While it a hard task to locate spammers and get them to pay for the damages they cause, making unsolicited e-mails illegal would aid in reducing the number of people sending spam, said Patrick Anderson, expert on IT. 9news published this.

Related article: Colorado Drafted Harsher Anti-Spam Law

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