Home > News > Australian Anti-Spam Law Takes Toll • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options


Australian Anti-Spam Law Takes Toll

Get XBIZ News
XBIZ Research
Will virtual reality boost the paysite market?
Yes, it will soon
Yes, but in a few years
Out of 179 votes. Results based on votes submitted by members of XBIZ.net social network.
Jul 22, 2004 12:49 PM PDT    Text size: 
SYDNEY, Australia – Australia’s 2003 Spam Act is taking a toll on electronic junk mail. The anti-spam law has apparently resulted in the closure of major Aussie spammers of unsolicited cyberporn and ads for various mainstream products and services.

The Australian Communications Authority, or ACA, is responsible for enforcing the law. Violating Australia’s Spam Act 2003, as it is formally known, can result in fines in the thousands of dollars. Repeat offenders can face a prosecution penalty of $1.1 million Australian dollars per day. In U.S. dollars, this would be about $786,500 per day.

The ACA’s website contains information for consumers and businesses about compliance with the Spam Act, reducing the amount of spam users receive, boosting internet security, avoiding email scams, protecting children online, making a spam report or complaint and the steps the Australian government is taking to combat spam. The Authority’s URL is www.aca.gov.au.

Monitors have noted that since the law went into effect in April, a number of major bulk electronic junk mailers have halted operations in Australia. However, ACA has reportedly received 30,000 spam-related complaints since April, including 300 formal ones. The Authority has notified 100 businesses about compliance with the law, such as regarding their unsubscribe features. Four have reportedly been formally notified that they are under official investigation for violating Spam Act 2003.

The ACA site notes that its immediate focus is on spam of Australian origin, plus spam that sells Aussie products. However, up to 98 percent of the electronic junk mail Australians receive via the Internet is emailed by spammers located outside of Australia. Nevertheless, ACA is also collecting reports of spam from overseas.

According to the Authority’s website, these “reports will help the ACA to identify patterns of spamming activities affecting Australia, and will assist cooperative efforts on an international scale against spam. The ACA is using these international spam reports for forensic analysis, and is sharing this intelligence with overseas agencies.”

As part of its effort to counter global spam, ACA also participated in an International TeleCommunications Union conference in July at Geneva, Switzerland, which was attended by government and private sector representatives from many nations.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !


Visa Cracks Down on ‘Shell’ Billing Firms

There was a time not so long ago when website operators created billing companies in favorable jurisdictions, whose sole purpose was to bill customers for services provided by the operator and remit the... More »

Randazza: Trump Victory, Big Prop 60 Win

On Tuesday afternoon, I boarded a transatlantic flight. Given all of the negativity in the 2016 presidential race, I was delighted that I would be absent for the results. I found both Donald Trump and... More »

Dissecting an $11.9M Affiliate Marketing Judgment

The Federal Trade Commission scored another major win in early October when the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling, requiring LeadClick Media LLC to pay an $11.9 million award. The... More »
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.

Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ Premiere magazine, the industry's leading adult retail trade publications, delivering the most timely and comprehensive business news and information to producers and retailers of adult products.


Everything To Do With Sex Show

Jan 27 - Jan 29
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The European Summit

Mar 04 - Mar 07
Barcelona-Sitges, Spain

The TEA Show

Mar 05 - Mar 06
Hollywood, CA

Phoenix Forum 2017

Mar 23 - Mar 26
Tempe, Arizona
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!