Virginia Spam Law Roundup

Lately I’ve been putting links in my delicious feed (available via RSS or email only – Subscribe on the right sidebar) to a number of sites that have written and commented on the recient court rulings where the Virginia Supreme Court declared the state’s anti-spam law unconstitutional. By doing so they automatically reversed the conviction of a man once considered one of the world’s most prolific spammers.

Va. Court Strikes Down Anti-Spam Law
Spammer Freed On First Amendment Ruling
Virginial Court Overturns anti-spam law
Why Virginia is right to overturn spam conviction
Why it doesn’t matter that the Virginia anti-spam law was struck down
Virginia Spam Law Overturned: Doesn’t Matter

I understand the ruling here, and can see the implications that the courts have pointed out regarding the limitation and the protection of the First Amendment (Free Speech), and you should also note that going forward spam cases should be covered by CAN-SPAM, and thus not need this law.

Author: Matt V - @emailkarma

Matthew Vernhout is a digital messaging industry veteran and Certified International Privacy Professional (Canada) (CIPP/C) with nearly two decades of experience in email marketing. Matthew is 250ok’s Director of Privacy, and he is currently the Vice Chair of the eec, after serving for several years as the Chair of their Advocacy Subcommittee. Matthew was recognized as the 2019 eec thought-leader of the year.

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