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Web Company Fined for Spam Act Violation

ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

November 5, 2010

Web design company Bunology has been fined $11,000 following an investigation by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) into an e-mail marketing campaign using addresses downloaded from the Internet. ACMA has announced the fine followed the determination that the e-mails violated the Spam Act 2003. "Downloading an e-mail list from an unknown Internet source is asking for trouble, as you almost certainly will not have consent to promote your business to the e-mail addresses on the list," said ACMA Chairman Chris Chapman. "Consent is key to the operation of the Spam Act."
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