October 23, 2001

Euorpe can't lay a hand on spam

Author: JT Smith

Reported by ZDNet UK: "The European Parliament's Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home
Affairs has reasserted its earlier position on email spam by voting in favour of the Marco
Cappato report on data protection.

In a second reading of the report, the Committee voted on Monday night to leave it to the
discretion of individual member states to decide whether subscribers should be able to "opt in" or
"opt out" of unsolicited e-mail for marketing purposes. Direct marketing by fax, SMS or
automated calling systems is to be allowed only with prior consent by subscribers."

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