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House committee approves junk fax bill

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Washington--The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Thursday passed a bill along to the full House that is designed to help create the Junk Fax Prevention Act.

The legislation would establish the mechanism for individuals to stop the receipt of faxes. It also would give potential recipients the power to decide what is useful and what is intrusive and the right to say no to additional faxes sent by any source.

The bill was passed by voice vote. Additionally, the committee voted to send an anti-spyware bill to the full House. Spyware, which can be downloaded onto PCs without a user's knowledge, enables the tracking and gathering of data on a user's surfing movements.

--Carol Krol

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