Legislation: NZ makes a move

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   May 27, 2004

New Zealand government moves toward anti-spam legislation

The government of New Zealand has signalled its intention to bring in anti-spam legislation. A discussion paper released by the Economic Development Ministry last month seeks to discuss and obtain feedback on various policy issues.

For example, the paper seeks suggestions on how spam should be defined, whether there should be a legal requirement for senders of email to include accurate contact details and subject headings, and whether unsolicited faxes and telemarketing calls could feasibly be included in an anti-spam law.

Comments on the paper and suggestions may be submitted to the Ministry until 30 June 2004.

As part of the public consultation process the Ministry will also participate in a joint workshop with InternetNZ on 24 June.

The government's decisions on anti-spam legislation are expected in August, with a Bill proposed for introduction into the House by December 2004.

Posted on 27 May 2004 by Virus Bulletin

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