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Miscellaneous News   Miscellaneous News : UK bans spam messages
   posted by DaveyD on 18-Sep-2003 20:33:21 (2467 reads)
The UK has made spam a criminal offence to try to stop the flood of unsolicited messages.

Under the new law, spammers could be fined 5,000 in a magistrates court or an unlimited penalty from a jury.


But they would not be sent to jail, according to the new measures introduced by Communications Minister Stephen Timms.

Spam has become the bane of internet users, with junk messages making up more than half of all e-mails sent.


Permission to send

"It's crucial that people feel safe and have confidence in utilising electronic communication technologies," said Mr Timms.

"These regulations will help combat the global nuisance of unsolicited e-mails and texts by enshrining in law rights that give consumers more say over who can use their personal details. "

The measures take effect on 11 December and will be enforced by the Information Commissioner.

Under the new law, companies will have to get permission from an individual before they can send them an e-mail or text message.

But the regulations do not cover business e-mail addresses, despite some calls for a blanket ban on spam.

Jail in Italy

The British measures are not as drastic as Italian anti-spam laws.

Earlier this month Italy imposed tough regulations to fine spammers up to 90,000 euros (66,000) and impose a maximum prison term of three years.

EU legislation banning unwanted e-mail is due to come into force on 31 October, but correspondents say that, given the global nature of the internet, it may have little effect.

Most spam comes from the United States and Asia, and will be outside its reach.

The EU legislation leaves it to each member state how to enforce the legislation, as long as the enforcement is "effective".

The UK legislation also sets guidelines for the use of cookies, electronic tags that help websites keep track of visitors.

In future, people will be able to insist that sites do not store their personal information.
    

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Karlos 
Re: UK bans spam messages
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Whilst this is to be commended, in reality how much difference will it make?
They need to dish out the death peanalty in Nigeria for it - that might cut down some of the crap I get


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LOL Toaks

Yes Nigeria is a shocker, as is Zambia (not the nations but those spam titles).


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bodie: :D ..i wish i could use icons in ib2.3 , if i could i would have had that orange one with Big sunglasses on atm :)


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spam is good, it carries virus's ..which kill pc's .. Amiga is back for the future :)

hmm ok... can someone tell me if this spam law will be for all? .. its about time someone nailed thoose Viagra , huge dick's , bla bla ####e ..

getting sick of it :)


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A couple of days ago, my AW account was hit by over 400 spams during the day - a new record for me as normally it was around 80. If I really wanted penis or breast enlargements, mortgages for homes in the US, debts and blacklisted credit ratings erased, viagra or about 50 other drugs I never even heard of, or to go and see "their naked xxxxx" I would have asked for them myself.

It has got to the point where I am essentially trashing 90% of the mail I receive especially hotmail and yahoo addresses.


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@ toaks

Are you serious, you can't use smilies on ib2.3!!!!!!!!!

OMG! I think I am gonna have a heart attack!


@ _steve_

Yeah I know what you mean...

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...or to go and see "their naked xxxxx" I would have asked for them myself.


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That's nothing... I get about 500-600 spam mails some days... I use the same email since my first
day online... It's now in MANY Spamlists and I can't
do anything about it, except... Getting a nice new
ADSL connection, with a new email addr (I always
use ISP addrs).


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...or to go and see "their naked xxxxx" I would have asked for them myself.


You would ask someone to show their naked xxxxx?


Hehe cheeky, and no it isn't something I usually ask - not that I have to ask my partner for anything like that


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bodie: :D ..i wish i could use icons in ib2.3 , if i could i would have had that orange one with Big sunglasses on atm :)


Are you using the demo version?

If so, that would explain a lot as it doesn't allow popup windows, which the smilies appear in.


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@Steve
I think it's time for a new email address


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I think so too, but they still get to ya. I HATE THEM!!!!!!!!!! They drive me insane.


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