EU Sticking to Tough Spam Law

    Date06 Dec 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    2964
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    European Union ministers stuck to a plan on Thursday for a pan-European ban on unsolicited e-mail, fax and text messages, but introduced provisions to ease the restriction in certain circumstances. The proposal is part of broader legislation on protection of communications . . . European Union ministers stuck to a plan on Thursday for a pan-European ban on unsolicited e-mail, fax and text messages, but introduced provisions to ease the restriction in certain circumstances. The proposal is part of broader legislation on protection of communications and personal data in the digital era, an issue which has become more sensitive in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

    The planned law, which still needs the approval of the European Parliament, will forbid direct marketers from sending unsolicited mail without the customer's prior consent throughout the EU.

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