[LINK] Optus cops spam fine

Jan Whitaker jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Wed Jan 14 21:20:56 AEDT 2009

Optus cops $110,000 spam fine

January 14, 2009 - 2:48PM

Optus has been fined $110,000 for sending 20,000 electronic messages 
to its customers.

The fine is the second biggest penalty imposed for a breach of 
Australia's anti-spam laws.

The messages promoted the OptusZoo entertainment service to customer 
mobile phones and used the sender identification 966.

Optus assumed recipients would make the connection between 966 on a 
mobile phone keypad, and the word "ZOO" which can also be spelt out 
using the three numbers, the Australian Communications and Media 
Authority (ACMA) said.

"However, this was not considered sufficient identification, as '966' 
could be used to represent any number of permutations on a telephone 
keypad," ACMA chairman Chris Chapman said in a statement.

Negotiations between Optus and ACMA aimed at resolving the issue 
failed, resulting in the issue of infringement notices under the Spam Act.

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