House Approves Bill to Extend Consumer Protections Against Online Cross-Border Threats

September 11, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives today approved H.R. 6131, a bill to reauthorize the SAFE WEB Act of 2006. The Act, set to expire next year, has become an extremely effective tool used by the Federal Trade Commission to combat cross-border fraud, spam, and spyware. Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Ranking Member Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) introduced H.R. 6131 to extend this important consumer protection law for another seven years.  

“By any measure, the ‘U.S. SAFE WEB Act’ has been extremely effective, allowing the Federal Trade Commission to better protect U.S. consumers from fraud, deception, spam, and spyware in cross-border cases involving threats originating domestically and abroad,” said Bono Mack. “The 'U.S. SAFE WEB Act' is good for American consumers. It’s good for the future of e-commerce.  And it sends an important signal to the rest of the world that online crooks – no matter where they’re located – will be tracked down and prosecuted.”

Watch Chairman Bono Mack’s full remarks on the House floor in support of H.R. 6131 HERE.