Americans drowning in spam

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2003

The deluge of spam e-mails is prompting legislators to pass federal anti-spam laws that will protect Americans from junk.

Americans are drowning in ''spam.'' Unsolicited, unwanted, frequently pornographic and very often fraudulent junk e-mail ads have become the curse of the Internet age.

And it's not just that spam has become a nuisance, something to be deleted as a matter of course every time one checks one's e-mail. The proliferation of junk e-mail advertising takes a toll on the economy in the form of lost productivity and is overwhelming government, business and personal information systems. ...

Only a handful of states have enacted anti-spam laws, but it looks as though Congress may finally be ready to confront the problem. ...

The deluge of unsolicited, sometimes vulgar and often fraudulent e-mail has become more than a minor nuisance. It's been estimated that junk ads now make up more than 45 percent of the e-mail received in America. Unless Congress acts to put a stop to the worst abuses, spam will clog the Information Highway and a valuable social, educational and economic asset will have been squandered.

The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun

May 27

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