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InternetNZ congratulates DIA on spam raid

InternetNZ congratulates DIA on spam raid

Media Release – 19 December 2007

InternetNZ (the Internet Society of New Zealand Inc) congratulates the Department of Internal Affairs on raiding a group of suspected spammers today.

Executive Director Keith Davidson says this morning’s Christchurch raid illustrates the importance of the recently-passed Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act, which prohibits sending unsolicited, commercial, electronic messages with a New Zealand link.

“We applaud the actions of the DIA’s Anti-Spam Unit in investigating and raiding what appears to be a sophisticated New Zealand-based international spam operation.

“This should send a clear message that New Zealand-based spammers can no longer act with impunity,” says Davidson.

The Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007 came into effect in early September.

As well as preventing local spam the Act is designed to prevent New Zealand from becoming an international spam haven and brings New Zealand in line with anti-spam law in other countries.


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