German court forbids unsolicited ads sent via email

A court in Traunstein has issued a temporary restraining order forbidding German Internet providers from sending unsolicited advertisements to individuals through electronic mail, according to a report in yesterday's German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Offenders will face a fine of up to 500,000 marks ($US290,000) per violation, and in extreme cases may be imprisoned, the paper said.

A court in Traunstein has issued a temporary restraining order forbidding German Internet providers from sending unsolicited advertisements to individuals through electronic mail, according to a report in yesterday's German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

Offenders will face a fine of up to 500,000 marks ($US290,000) per violation, and in extreme cases may be imprisoned, the paper said.

Already in Germany, a site has been set up to help users protect themselves from unsolicited e-mail. The site is found at http://www.erobinson.com/.

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