• Update on Anti-Spam Legislation: Has CAN-SPAM Really Canned Spam?
  • January 30, 2004 | Authors: Marla A. Hoehn; Carolyn C. Burger; Deborah S. Thoren-Peden
  • Law Firms: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Palo Alto Office ; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • The flow of unsolicited and unwelcome commercial e-mail, or "spam," to e-mail boxes has grown exponentially over the past few years, resulting in the passage of a number of anti-spam laws at both state and federal levels. For example, in September 2003, California passed S.B. 186, which prohibits unsolicited commercial e-mail messages from being sent to California e-mail addresses or from being initiated from California and requires an "opt-in" consent for receipt of commercial e-mails ("California Spam Law"). Approximately thirty-six other states have some form of anti-spam legislation on their books.