More NewsVirginia Proposes Sending Spammers to Jail

Virginia Proposes Sending Spammers to Jail

A Virginia commission on Internet use has endorsed proposed legislation thatwould make spamming illegal and subject people who send unsolicited, bulk e-mail messages to criminal prosecution.

A Virginia commission on Internet use has endorsed proposed legislation that would make spamming illegal and subject people who send unsolicited, bulk e- mail messages to criminal prosecution.

The state Commission on Information Technology, which includes several leading Internet company executives, endorsed a law setting out potential fines and prison terms for convicted spammers.

“This would be the first one (state law) that is explicit in criminalizing spamming” George Vradenburg, a senior vice president and general counsel with based America Online, told Reuters.

In other states, including Washington and California, spammers can be sued for damages in civil proceedings but cannot be prosecuted criminally, Vradenburg said.

Although free-speech protections have been extended to the Internet, the Virginia commission said spamming deluges online users with advertisements promoting “dubious products, pyramid schemes and pornography.”

The commission, formed by Gov. James Gilmore in part to make recommendations on boosting commercial use of the Internet, said spamming should be curtailed because fraudulent email threatens to undermine confidence in legitimate electronic commerce.

Related Articles

The future of retail: How IoT is transforming the retail industry

Digital Transformation The future of retail: How IoT is transforming the retail industry

5d Diana Maltseva, Senior Content Manager, Smartym Pro
GDPR: The role of technology in data compliance

Data & Analytics GDPR: The role of technology in data compliance

7m Clark Boyd
What companies can learn from the We-Vibe lawsuit about the Internet of Things

Legal & Regulatory What companies can learn from the We-Vibe lawsuit about the Internet of Things

1y Al Roberts
Has advertising arrived on Google Home?

Media Has advertising arrived on Google Home?

1y Al Roberts
Target is the top retail digital marketer, so why is it struggling?

Ecommerce Target is the top retail digital marketer, so why is it struggling?

1y Al Roberts
YouTube is "on pace to eclipse TV" thanks to savvy algorithm use

More News YouTube is "on pace to eclipse TV" thanks to savvy algorithm use

1y Al Roberts
YouTube is getting rid of 30-second unskippable pre-roll ads

Ad Industry Metrics YouTube is getting rid of 30-second unskippable pre-roll ads

1y Al Roberts
Is Twitter slowly dying?

More News Is Twitter slowly dying?

1y Al Roberts