The Spam Diaries

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

Friday, August 11, 2006

Michigan Attorney General goes after spammers who spam children

From this morning's San Jose Mercury News: The Michigan attorney general is charging two companies with violating Michigan's do-not-spam-children registry.

The two companies charged are RR Media Inc. of Cathedral City, Calif., and Data Stream Group Inc. of Bonita Springs, Fla.. The two companies were sending ads for casinos and alchohol to children in violation of the Michigan Children's Protection Registry.

I wish the AG luck with the suit, but I can see three problems with it: First, is the issue of jurisdiction. Second is the validity of the do-not-spam-children registry which has no doubt been poisoned with the addresses of people from out of state and adults who don't want spam either. And last but not least, the fines faced by the spammers are a light slap on the wrist.

Still, it will be interesting to see how this case goes.

Full story: Michigan attorney general charges companies with e-mail violation.


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