July 10, 2001

Europe holds key vote on spam tomorrow

Author: JT Smith

Should the European Commission endorse an opt-in policy for junk e-mail that would allow companies to send commercial messages only if requested by the user, or should it endorse an opt-out policy requiring users to unsubscribe from commercial mailings that they never asked to receive? The issue could be settled in a commission meeting tomorrow in Brussels, and, as The Register points out: "Because of the status of the Citizens' Rights and Freedoms, Justice and Home
Affairs Committee, whatever it decides tomorrow is likely to be rubber-stamped by
the full Parliament." With ten nations backing opt-out and only five behind opt-in, the decision as to what will be adopted is depressingly obvious.
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