What Is the CAN-SPAM Act?


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The CAN-SPAM Act is a law enacted by the U.S. Congress that addresses unwanted commercial email messages sent to mobile phones. The law's full name is the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003.

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The Federal Communications Commission notes that commercial messages are those that primarily advertise or promote a commercial product or service. The CAN-SPAM Act does not cover messages that are noncommercial, such as those sent by political candidates or charities, and those where there is an existing relationship. A sender must obtain written consent in order to send commercial texts, and written or oral consent in order to send commercial emails. The FCC provides a free complaint procedure for individuals who have received unwanted commercial email and/or autodialed calls or texts on a mobile phone.

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