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Massachusetts law about spam and junk mail

A compilation of laws, regulations, cases, and web sources on spam and junk mail law.

Table of Contents

Federal laws

15 USC §§ 7701 et seq. CAN-SPAM Act
Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act “establishes requirements for those who send commercial email, spells out penalties for spammers and companies whose products are advertised in spam if they violate the law, and gives consumers the right to ask emailers to stop spamming them."

Federal regulations

16 CFR 316 Federal Trade Commission, CAN-SPAM rule

47 CFR 64.3100 Federal Communications Commission, Restrictions on unwanted mobile service commercial messages.

Selected case law

Commonwealth v. Kuvayev, Suffolk Sup. Ct. 05-1856-H, September 26, 2005
By sending numerous commercial emails to consumers, defendant violated the CAN-SPAM Act and the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act and was ordered to pay $37 million in civil penalties.

Web sources

The CAN-SPAM act: a compliance guide for business, Federal Trade Commission
Explains the requirements of the law and its penalties. Helpful question and answer section about complying with the Act.

Consumer guide to stopping junk mail,  Mass. Office of Consumer Affairs
Suggests steps for reducing junk mail and ways to protect yourself against spam.

How to get removed from mailing lists and email spam lists, Nolo
Article about how to stop getting unwanted junk mail and how to block spam emails.

How to recognize and report spam text messages, Federal Trade Commission 
Tips on how to identify spam text messages and ways to filter and report them.

Opt-out resources for unwanted junk mail, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Includes suggestions on how to cut down your junk mail.

Spam, Federal Trade Commission
Offers tips on how to reduce spam and report it.

Stopping unsolicited mail, phone calls, and email, Federal Trade Commission
Provides contact information for consumer reporting companies and other organizations that can help stop unsolicited mail and email.

Print sources

Data security and privacy in Massachusetts, 3rd ed., MCLE, sections 7.5.1 to 7.5.3 (emails and CAN-SPAM Act).



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