Welcome to our new subscribers!
I know, I've been very slack these last couple of months. I got quite a shock when I checked the ezine archive and discovered my last newsletter went out in mid-October! I've had a number of pots simmering in 2003 and some of them came to the boil simultaneously; hence two of my resolutions for 2004 - remove some pots from the stove and get back to sending our regular newsletters!
I just wanted to take this opportunity to send you all an update of recent and updated articles on Taming the Beast. More importantly, I also would like to convey my very best wishes to you and your families. May the holiday season bring you joy and peace - the world could definitely do with a good dose of the latter.
The much awaited, maligned, ignored, misunderstood CAN-SPAM bill was signed by President Bush on December 16, 2003, and takes effect on January 1, 2004.
While not banning unsolicited email, the law supposedly gives more power to Internet users to have their email addresses removed from mailing lists. It also lays down guidelines in relation to the correct labeling of adult-oriented material.
The new laws also make it illegal to use deceptive subject lines, false return addresses and the "hijacking" of mail servers to send spam.
The new bill also also authorizes the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the possibilities of setting up a "Do Not Spam" registry of Internet users .
I really don't think that the CAN SPAM Act will have the spammers shaking in their booties - the US Government has acknowledged that they will have great difficulty in prosecuting operators working from overseas locations.
According to SpamHaus.org; only around 200 "gangs" are responsible for 90% of spam. Of the 200, about 90% of those are based in the USA. There's no doubt in my mind that with the amount of money involved, they'll just shift operations outside the US if need be.
While the new laws are a *step* in the right direction, they once again reveal that politicians really don't have a clue about the way the Web works. When it comes to the Internet, unless *all* countries subscribe to and enforce related laws; they'll only instill unnecessary fear in the webmasters and site owners who already strive to adhere to ethical business practices.
For full details regarding the new laws:
Information for webmasters regarding spam complaints. Be cautious when handling or making spamming accusations!
New articles and updates
tell-a-friend form and script
2003 is nearly over?? What's 2004 going to bring? - Some views and statistics for the online year ahead.
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Changing domain names
SOHO security tips
eCommerce & Marketing tools downloads
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