Dutch spam ban also applies to business mail

The Dutch ban on spam will be extended. From July 1, 2009 it will be prohibited to send spam to businesses, without the prior consent of the recipient. Until now, only spam to individuals is prohibited, OPTA has been monitoring since 2004. Spam from the Netherlands has decreased by 85% since that time.

Next year companies may submit a complaint if they are receiving spam. The Senate voted Tuesday to a legislative amendment that the spam ban extends to business users.

The expansion of the spam ban is part of a larger adjustment of telecom. Also the official establishment of a ‘call-me-not registry’ will be setup, where people can sign up to be freed from telephone marketing. Registered companies are required to be respected.

OPTA will monitor both bans on the telecom market and impose huge fines for sending unsolicited emails.

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