Taiwan to punish commercial spam email senders

February 27th, 2009 - 8:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Taipei, Feb 27 (DPA) Taiwan’s cabinet has approved a draft bill to allow email recipients to make claims of up to 2,000 Taiwan dollars ($57) per mail in compensation from the senders of spam email, the Government Information Office said Friday.
The bill, which still needs parliament approval, requires the senders to stop sending commercial email to recipients if their first mail does not get a response, the agency said in a statement.

If the senders continue to send junk mail to the recipients, the recipients could take the case to court and ask for compensation from the senders, it said.

Taiwan is considered one of the world’s top dispatchers of spam email messages, with the island’s 10 major Internet providers receiving a total of 105.3 billion junk mail messages last year, according to the National Communications Commission.

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