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New UK Spam Law May Ignore Company E-Mail

by Robin Pilgrim, LawAndTax-News.com, London

07 July 2003


The UK government may be about to give spammers the green light to bombard business e-mail accounts with unsolicited commercial mail, it emerged last week.

Speaking at the House of Commons Spam Summit on Tuesday, E-Commerce Minister, Stephen Timms revealed that the government has not yet decided whether to afford the same levels of protection to corporate and individual e-mail users.

Under the terms of the current version of the legislation, individual users would be able to opt out of mailing lists, and it would become illegal for a firm to send unsolicited e-mails to people unless they had given their permission.

'Many people feel strongly that anti-spam measures could hamper business-to-business commerce. Others feel equally strongly that unsolicited e-mail is just as big a problem for businesses,' the E-Commerce Minister explained.

The anti-spam initiative is designed to bring the United Kingdom into line with the EU's directive on privacy and electronic communications. Consultation on the proposals closed last month, and responses are set to be published in August, when the legislation will be finalised.


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