German spammers to get hefty fine

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Feb 2, 2005

New legislation proposes fines to deter would-be spammers

Although it has been illegal to send spam in Germany since July 2004, a new anti-spam law is being proposed by the country's ruling coalition to try to send a stronger message to would-be spammers. The law proposes a fine of 50,000 Euros for those found guilty of sending unsolicited bulk email.

Under the proposed law, email marketers will be required to stipulate their correct address and make the content of the message clear in the email header. The use of false IP addresses will also become illegal.

Although a 50,000 Euro fine (approx. $65,170) would be little more than peanuts for many of the more prolific spammers, Daniel Holstein, a research associate for the Greens, told Reuters 'We hope that [the fines] will make people think twice about sending spam.'

The law is due to have its first reading in the lower house in the second week of March 2005.

Posted on 2 February 2005 by Virus Bulletin

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