The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Friday, April 07, 2006

FCC clarifies junk fax law

Worst news I've seen all week. Slashdot reports that the FCC has gutted the junk fax law. In particular, junk faxers can claim a pre-existing business relationship with you if they've visited your web site, and if you've ever posted your fax number on the internet, you can no longer sue the faxers as that would have been entrapment. For the full story with links, see FCC Opens Flood Gates for Junk Faxes.

Update: I've received clarification, and it seems that Slashdot got some of the details wrong. In particular, does not count a web page visit as establishing a business relationship nor does it allow you to send junk fax to a phone number just because you found it on a web page. What the law does say, is that if you already have a business relationship, then you may send faxes to a number you discover on a web page. The actual FCC documents are here and here.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Monty Loree said...

What the law does say, is that if you already have a business relationship, then you may send faxes to a number you discover on a web page.

This is completely ridiculous and unmanageable.

For all of the millions of faxes that are sent out on a daily basis, it's impossible to determine the relationship for each one at the time a fax is sent.

If you can't regulate single faxes sent out, you can't regulate mass faxing either.

The government should spend its time regulating more important things, like how to get out of debt, get out of Iraq etc.

9:17 AM  

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