An automated process whereby a robot program searches Web pages or Internet destinations for email
addresses and collects the addresses into a database. These collections can be
sold to spammers or unethical bulk mailers to enable them to send their
materials to unsuspecting targets. Many U.S. state laws now forbid email
harvesting, and the CANSPAM Act was passed in the United States in 2003.
See Also: CAN-SPAM
Act of 2003; Internet; Spam; Spammers; Spamming/Scrolling.
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