Spam is defined as a disruptive, esp. commercial message posted on a computer network or sent as e-mail. Spam is not only just an eyesore in your inbox, it is also a gateway to malicious programs and code that can harm or in the worst case completely decommission your computer. Many countries have laws that control or try to control the spam epidemic.
Similarities between US and EU laws
On December 16, 2003 George W. Bush signed into law the CAN-SPAM Act which stands for (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing). This is similar to The E-Commerce Directive of the EU. Both regulations are of the “Opt-Out” model, meaning in order for it to be illegal spam recipients must proactively tell spammers to stop e-mailing them. Both laws were written fairly early on into the email era. Spam has to rock solid definition as you can see above leaving law makers at a stand-still. They use the “Opt-Out” model to try and please victims as well as the offender. However these laws just state that in order for the spam to be “illegal” the recipient must send a request for the sender to stop. Another similarity is that outside countries sending emails into a country governed by these laws must adhere to them as well. Other similarities include: "From" and "Subject" lines can't be false or misleading. U.S. law specifies that they must contain sender information., Header/footer must accurately identify the origin of the e-mail and give opt-out instructions., Message must have a functioning "From" line and functioning "Reply" e-mail address controlled by the list owner, both clearly displayed.,
If names are not affirmatively collected, there must be a visible indication at the time the names are collected that the operator of the website or service may transfer, sell or rent the information. There also must be a valid means for opting out before signing up.
Differences between US and EU laws
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