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New Zealand Passes Anti spam Law

New Zealand’s Parliament has passed a law targeting the distribution of unsolicited commercial electronic messages commonly known as spam. The Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007 aims to prevent New Zealand from becoming a locale of choice for spammers by prohibiting spam and requiring senders of commercial electronic messages to include accurate sender information and a functional unsubscribe facility.

Additionally, the law prohibits persons from using address-gathering software or a list obtained in this way in connection with the sending of spam. The act applies to email, text and IM messages that markets or promotes services and goods and other schemes of a commercial or dishonest nature. A six-month compliance period is provided. The law is intended to combat New Zealand-based spam and provide a platform for international agreements.

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