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Senate unanimously passes anti-spam bill

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Washington--The U.S. Senate Wednesday evening voted unanimously to pass the CAN-SPAM Act (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act).

The bill, which has the support of the Direct Marketing Association, would prohibit the transmission of unsolicited commercial e-mail.

Penalties would include a fine or imprisonment for violators, with a maximum civil penalty of $1 million.

Among the significant amendments to the bill on Wednesday was that it include the implementation of a "Do Not Email" registry, proposed by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). The provision was originally put forth in a separate bill.

--Carol Krol

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