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New Zealand Releases Code To Reduce Spam

InternetNZ (The Internet Society of New Zealand) released the ISP Spam Code of Practice on May 20, 2007 for public reference. InternetNZ posted the Code at the address http://www.internetnz.net.nz/Current%20Issues/anti-spam.

The Code is to consult for e-mail spam. It seeks to balance the interests of businesses and end-users and considers both ISPs and end-users responsible for reducing spam levels.

The ISP Spam Code regards Service Providers to assist in reducing spam with their technical abilities. They can be the first place for receiving complaints and information from Internet users and also assist by coordinating with law enforcement agencies.

The ISP Spam Code draws the responsibilities of ISPs as a self-regulatory model thereby works complementarily to the New Zealand Government's Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act. Such was the anticipation during the legislation of the Act. The Code is also complementary to the Code of Practice for Direct Marketing of the Marketing Association, the SMS anti-spam Code of the TCF, and the Customer Complaints Code of the TCF.

According to Keith Davidson, executive director of InternetNZ, making the code ready is an excellent demonstration of the joint working of the industry to combat a common hurdle. Spam is cluttering users' inboxes, saturating the bandwidth, and providing platform for malware and scams, Davidson said in a statement. Scoop published it on May 21, 2007.

As spam volumes in New Zealand originate overseas, the Act might not have enough impact on it. However, it demonstrates New Zealand's contribution to the global war against spam. The country produces a maximum of 10 percent spam in the world. The law will help to include the enforcement agency as part of the Department of Internal Affairs.

The Government of New Zealand is dealing with spam also with the passing of the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act due for implementation in September 2008.

New Zealand is at the bottom of the list of OECD countries to formulate an anti-spam law. With this the country can now properly play as a world citizen in eradicating spam. InternetNZ will help to understand the law in cooperation with the Government, business organizations and ISPs.

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