Senate Democrats

Senate Passes Schumer’s No-Spam Registry

Schumer provision is the centerpiece of the first federal email spam bill

Schumer has been leading effort to create no-spam registry comparable to the

federal “do-not-call” list; Polls show 3 in 4 Americans want a no-spam registry

The Senate gave its stamp of approval today to US Senator Charles Schumer’s legislation authorizing the FTC to create a no-spam email registry. Schumer’s registry bill was included in the CAN SPAM bill that also imposes criminal penalties and fines on repeat spammers.  Schumer issued the following statement:

“With this bill, Congress is saying that if you’re a spammer, you could wind up in the slammer. Is this bill going to solve everything? No.  Will it make a real difference?  You betcha,” Schumer said. 

“There’s no single solution to solving the spam scourge but this bill takes a number of needed steps to help people reclaim their in-boxes, including the registry provision that I proposed a year ago as well as criminal penalties and fines for repeat spammers. The public will finally get some help curbing the onslaught of unwanted email that threatens the viability of the Internet,” Schumer added.

The bill requires the FTC to deliver a plan to Congress for creating a no-spam registry within six months and authorizes it to implement the plan within 9 months.  The public support for a no-spam registry is overwhelming and the FTC has already said it is technologically possible. Email spam is any form of unsolicited email that users receive from commercial sources. The most common forms of spam include advertisements for online gambling services, pornography, herbal remedies or financial schemes, many of which are fraudulent in nature.

A national survey, conducted by UnSpam and InsightExpress, shows that 3 in 4 Americans favor a no-spam registry.  The poll also showed that parents are growing increasingly concerned about email spam infested with pornography and think a federal “no-spam” list akin to the FTC’s “Do Not Call” registry is the best way to keep obscene emails from reaching their children’s in-boxes.

Schumer’s no-spam registry approach has been endorsed by the Christian Coalition, the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (CAUCE), and Unspam.