Have you received email solicitations with this paragraph included somewhere in message:
"This message is sent in compliance with new email bill section 301. Under Bill S.1618 TITLE III passed by 105th U.S. Congress this message cannot be considered Spam as long as we include way to be removed, Paragraph (a)(c) of S.1618. Further transmissions to you by sender of this email may be stopped at no cost to you by sending a request to be removed to __"
Well it is, in plain language, a bunch of BULL!
U.S. Senate Bill 1618, an Anti-slamming Amendments Act, contained a Section 301, relating to transmissions of unsolicited commercial electronic mail. S.1618 was approved by U.S. Senate on May 12, 1998. It was then referred to House Committee on Commerce on October 21, 1998. The Bill DIED in committee and was never passed into law by 105th Congress. Nor has 106th Congress passed anything similar at this time. I was able to confirm this information both by checking U.S. Senate records and specifically by an inquiry with one of my Senators.
So first, quoted paragraph above is in error since bill never became law. Secondly, if it did become law messages I generally receive citing above, are quite deficient in compliance with alleged law that they reference. Here, in part, are exact requirements of bill that would have been law in respect to email if in fact bill had passed:
------------------------- SEC. 301. REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO TRANSMISSIONS OF UNSOLICITED COMMERCIAL ELECTRONIC MAIL.
(a) INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN TRANSMISSIONS-
(1) IN GENERAL- A person who transmits an unsolicited commercial electronic mail message shall cause to appear in each such electronic mail message information specified in paragraph (2).
(2) COVERED INFORMATION- The following information shall appear at beginning of body of an unsolicited commercial electronic mail message under paragraph (1):