What if the crime of Breaking & Entering into your home were illegal only if the perpetrator wore a mask?
Imagine if Breaking & Entering into your home were legal if the perpetrator didn’t wear a mask. Now imagine that we’re not talking about breaking & entering into your home but into your e-mail queue. In the U.S., it’s now legal to spam you if the spammer doesn’t disguise his identity.
That’s the situation which the ironically named CAN SPAM Act of 2003 has created. Provided that the spammer doesn’t disguise his identity or subsequently agrees to not break into your e-mail again if you complain, he can spam you all he wants.
Jim Wagner of Internet.com published a fascinating story last week about A Day in the Life of a Spammer.