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First anti-spam law

Date: March 29, 2006

ISP service providers could face huge fines if they do not provide spam filtering or impose email sending limits under new rules set down by a communications watchdog.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) today registered the world's first legislative code of practice for internet and email service providers.

Dealing with unsolicited email or spam costs business and home internet users millions of dollars each year in wasted time and upgrading security systems.

But under the new code, ISPs will have to offer spam filtering options to subscribers and provide a system of handling complaints.

They will also have to impose reasonable limits on the rate at which subscribers can send email.

ACMA anti-spam team manager Bruce Matthews said the watchdog could seek penalties in the Federal Court of up to $10 million for a breach of an industry code.

But Mr Matthews said ACMA wanted to work co-operatively with the industry to eliminate spam.
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