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Taiwan to Adopt Anti-spam Law

Now Internet users receiving spam e-mails can claim damages between NT$ 500 and NT$ 2,000 for every e-mail from spammers as the National Communication Commission (NCC) of Taiwan has drafted a new bill to empower people to take legal action against spammers.

The new bill is drafted in the backdrop of rising spammers' activities that cause heavy financial losses to legitimate companies, said the NCC. A large number of companies put in much time in tackling the menace of spam mails.

According to the statistics released by Taiwan Internet Association, over 10 Million people use Internet in the country and every user receives an average of 29 spam e-mails per day. Moreover, around 70% of users delete spam immediately even without checking their content. If each spam costs NT$ 0.02, the total volume of junk e-mails will value around NT$ 200 Million (US$ 5.9 Million) per year. With the enactment of new legislation, this cost can be substantially reduced, said security experts.

The NCC further revealed that the legislation prohibits sending of automatic generated spam and combination of e-mail addresses that consume service resources of spam receivers' mailing system. The new legislation also prohibits dictionary-based spamming in which e-mail addresses are automatically generated in alphabetical order.

However, the legislation also contains provision for sending commercial e-mails but under certain conditions. Commercial e-mail can only be sent once and if the recipient doesn't give his consent of receipt, it should not be sent again. The bill also mandates inclusion of a link in the e-mail to give the recipient a choice whether he would like to receive the mail or not, said NCC officials.

According to the reports, the drafted bill will be submitted to the Executive Yuan in March 2009 for approval. The NCC said that it is a landmark step in the direction of reducing consumption of extra resources of social and service providers, safeguarding consumers' right and people's freedom of communications.

Similarly, Ireland has also enacted an anti-spam law in December 2008 that imposed a fine of up to 250,000 Euros on spammers. Eamon Ryan, Communication Minister, Ireland, signed the law to curb the rising menace of spamming and punish firms engaged in such practices.

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