The Can-Spam Act, a law that went into effect on Jan. 1, requires the FTC to issue regulations "defining the relevant criteria to facilitate the determination of the primary purpose of an electronic mail message." Other discretionary rulemaking issues, the FTC says, and compliance issues around the new law, will be addressed in a Federal Register Notice that the FTC says it will publish in the near future. Friday's notice addresses only the primary purpose criteria.
Separately, Mozelle W. Thompson announced on Wednesday that he has resigned as a commissioner effective Aug. 31. He is leaving after six and a half years with the FTC. Neither the FTC nor Thompson disclosed his reason for leaving.