The US Senate approved a national spam bill which would allow fines of up to $6m or five-year jail terms for some spammers.
The Senate, by unanimous consent, approved the House version of the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (Can-Spam) Act of 2003, but the bill needs to go back to the House for final approval because the Senate version included some technical corrections to the House version.
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The House is expected to schedule a final vote on the bill next Tuesday (2 December), after which the bill would go to President Bush to be signed into law.
Grant Gross writes for IDG News Service