Spam Act 2003

Anti-spam law to take effect on April 11

The recently passed Spam Act 2003 will come into effect on April 11 next year with legislated grace period allowing businesses time to adjust their practices where necessary, a media release from Communications Minister Daryl Williams says.

Businesses which persist in sending spam will face penalties of up to $1.1 million for a single day of infringements.

The Act prohibits sending unsolicited commercial electronic messages that have an Australian link. This means commercial spam, sent by mobile phone or email, cannot originate from Australia and is not allowed to be sent to Australian addresses, no matter the point of origin.

The Australian Communications Authority will be responsible for enforcing the legislation once its penalty provisions come into effect.

The National Office for the Information Economy will also coordinate a 12-month information campaign about the legislation and about spam, commencing early in the new year.

Anti-spam law to take effect on April 11 - The Age
By Online Staff
December 19, 2003

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