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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.
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Federal laws

15 USC 7701 et seq. CAN-SPAM Act
Federal law "to regulate interstate commerce by imposing limitations and penalties on the transmission of unsolicited commercial electronic mail via the Internet."

Federal regulations

16 CFR 316 CAN-SPAM Rule

Selected case law

Commonwealth v. Kuvayev, Suffolk Sup. Ct. 05-1856-H, September 26, 2005
Suffolk Superior Court judge ordered Boston area spammers to permanently shutdown dozens of illegal websites and pay $37 million in civil penalties.

Web sources

The CAN-SPAM Act: A Compliance Guide for Business, Federal Trade Commission
"The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (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." Site explains the requirements of the law and its penalties.

Consumer Guide to Stopping Junk Mail. Mass. Office of Consumer Affairs
Suggests steps for reducing the amount of junk mail you receive

Junk Mail: How did they all get my address?, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, 2014
Includes tips for reducing the amount of junk mail you receive

Spam, OnGuard Online, Federal Trade Commission
Includes tips on avoiding spam and an explanation of how to file a report to the FTC

Contact

Phone

Within Massachusetts only

Within Massachusetts only

Online

Reference librarians online Chat with a law librarian 
Reference librarians via email masslawlib@gmail.com

Address

Administrative office (no law library at this location)
2 Center Plaza
9th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Last updated: April 18, 2018

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