SB611 Enrolled LRB093 06397 WGH 06517 b
1 AN ACT concerning electronic mail.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3 represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Electronic Mail Act is amended by
5 changing Section 10 as follows:
6 (815 ILCS 511/10)
7 Sec. 10. Unsolicited or misleading electronic mail;
9 (a) No individual or entity may initiate or cause to be
10 initiated an unsolicited electronic mail advertisement if the
11 electronic mail advertisement (i) uses a third party's
12 Internet domain name without permission of the third party,
13 or otherwise misrepresents any information in identifying the
14 point of origin or the transmission path of an electronic
15 mail advertisement or (ii) contains false or misleading
16 information in the subject line.
17 (a-5) An initiator of an unsolicited electronic mail
18 advertisement must establish a toll-free telephone number or
19 valid sender-operated return electronic mail address that the
20 recipient of the unsolicited electronic mail advertisement
21 may call or electronically mail to notify the sender not to
22 electronically mail any further unsolicited electronic mail
24 (a-10) An initiator of an unsolicited electronic mail
25 advertisement is prohibited from selling or transferring in
26 any manner the electronic mail address of any person who has
27 notified the initiator that the person does not want to
28 receive any further unsolicited electronic mail
30 (a-15) Each unsolicited electronic mail advertisement's
31 subject line shall include "ADV:" as its first 4 characters.
SB611 Enrolled -2- LRB093 06397 WGH 06517 b
1 For any unsolicited electronic mail advertisement that
2 contains information regarding the lease, sale, rental, gift
3 offer, or other disposition of any realty, goods, services,
4 or extension of credit, that may only be viewed, purchased,
5 rented, leased, or held in possession by an individual 18
6 years of age and older, the subject line of each and every
7 message shall include "ADV:ADLT" as the first 8 characters.
8 (b) This Section applies when the unsolicited electronic
9 mail advertisement is delivered to an Illinois resident via
10 an electronic mail service provider's service or equipment
11 located in this State.
12 (c) Any person, other than an electronic mail service
13 provider, who suffers actual damages as a result of a
14 violation of this Section committed by any individual or
15 entity may bring an action against such individual or entity.
16 The injured person may recover attorney's fees and costs, and
17 may elect, in lieu of recovery of actual damages, to recover
18 the lesser of $10 for each and every unsolicited electronic
19 mail advertisement transmitted in violation of this Section,
20 or $25,000 per day. The injured person shall not have a
21 cause of action against the electronic mail service provider
22 that merely transmits the unsolicited electronic mail
23 advertisement over its computer network.
24 (d) Any electronic mail service provider who suffers
25 actual damages as a result of a violation of this Section
26 committed by any individual or entity may bring an action
27 against such individual or entity. The injured person may
28 recover attorney's fees and costs, and may elect, in lieu of
29 recovery of actual damages, to recover the lesser of $10 for
30 each and every unsolicited electronic mail advertisement
31 transmitted in violation of this Section, or $25,000 per day.
32 (e) The provisions of this Section shall not be
33 construed to limit any person's right to pursue any
34 additional civil remedy otherwise allowed by law.
SB611 Enrolled -3- LRB093 06397 WGH 06517 b
1 (f) An electronic mail service provider may, upon its
2 own initiative, block the receipt or transmission through its
3 service of any unsolicited electronic mail advertisement that
4 it reasonably believes is, or will be, sent in violation of
5 this Section.
6 (g) No electronic mail service provider may be held
7 liable for any action voluntarily taken in good faith to
8 block the receipt or transmission through its service of any
9 unsolicited electronic mail advertisement which it reasonably
10 believes is, or will be, sent in violation of this Section.
11 (Source: P.A. 91-233, eff. 1-1-00.)