VIAGRA, pornography and extortionate loans marketed in offensive e-mails will continue to bombard internet users despite regulations introduced last week, according to lawyers specialising in IT law. Almost everyone who uses e-mail will have received unsolicited marketing messages. Most e-mail users will have received hundreds. Spam is the internet version of direct-mail post, with one crucial difference. It costs the sender nothing, which means that there is no financial constraint on its use and, as well as respectable companies. Subscription Notification.
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Federal employment law requires the workplace to be free of sexual harassment--that means employers could be liable for offensive images that appear in workers' in-boxes. Graphic images appearing unbidden on PCs by way of e-mail in-boxes could qualify as evidence of a "hostile work environment," something that's prohibited by federal employment law. As a result, porn spam could begin to crop up in sexual harassment complaints from employees offended by the material. Even if companies aren't the source of such messages, they could be liable for hefty civil fines if managers know that porn spam is a problem and don't move to address it.
With the rise of the Internet, Morality in Media has received many complaints about pornographic e-mail messages. This request came in recently to our e-mail in-basket:. I have never accessed any of these type of sites and therefore do not know how I have been put on such a mailing list.
Now it can be as delightful as sorting through the garbage. Spam has suddenly become such a headache that pressure is growing for government action to stop it. Next week America's Federal Trade Commission will hold a three-day meeting of regulators, business leaders and consumer activists to discuss ways to curb spam. America Online AOL and Microsoft have even joined forces to push for federal legislation to combat it.