Anti-spam bill one step closer

The bill proposes financial penalties up to $500,000 for organisations and $200,000 for individuals

The Unsolicited Electronic Messages Bill has passed its second reading in the House. It now proceeds to consideration by the whole of parliament sitting as a committee.

The bill proposes a civil enforcement regime with financial penalties up to a maximum of $500,000 for organisations and $200,000 for individuals. Despite suggestions that criminal penalties be introduced, the select committee has decided to retain only civil penalties.

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