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A Publication Featuring The Information Services Technology of Maine State Government
|Volume VI, Issue 11||November 2003|
This fall, some new Maine laws became effective. For example, unsolicited commercial Internet e-mail - "spam" - must include the designation "ADV" in the subject line showing it's an advertisement, and "ADV ADLT" if it's adult material. The ads must include return e-mail addresses so recipients can write back to block additional unsolicited e-mail from the same source. The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Albion Goodwin, D-Pembroke, said he wants Mainers to be able to report violators on the state's Web site.
Since September Mainers can download a form from the Internet to request free copies of their credit report once a year (http://www.maine.gov/pfr/press/ccr_creditreport.htm). Reports are also available by calling 1-800-DEBT-LAW. "This new law is a valuable tool in the fight to reduce identity theft, mixed credit files and erroneous credit denials," say Will Lund, Director the Maine Office of Consumer Credit Regulation.