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Sending spam may be fined NT$2000 per mail: NCC

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According to the draft of Regulations of Unsolicited Commercial E-mails, a spam victim can ask senders for compensation between NT$500 to NT$2,000 per...

According to the draft of Regulations of Unsolicited Commercial E-mails, a spam victim can ask senders for compensation between NT$500 to NT$2,000 per...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Every Taiwanese using e-mails receive an average of thirty spam letters per day. According to the draft of Regulations of Unsolicited Commercial E-mails, a spam victim can ask senders for compensation between NT$500 to NT$2,000 per letter.

Taiwan Internet Association estimated that 70% of net surfers directly delete spam without viewing its content. At a price of NT$0.02 per letter, a total of NT$2 billion is wasted in sending spam.

Drafted by the National Communications Commission, the Regulations ban the spam sent by automatic arrangement or combination of e-mail addresses, which will consume the service resources of receivers’ mailing system.

The Regulations however approved of sending commercial e-mails under certain condition. A commercial letter can be sent once, but if the receiver does not show his agreement of receipt, the letter should not be sent again. A sender should offer a free response system for receivers to express their willingness to receive the mail.

The draft keeps the civil indemnification system and stipulates a fine of NT$500 to NT$2000 to each spam letter to ease off the difficulty for receivers to present proof.

The NCC said after the legislation completed, the Regulations could reduce extra resource consumption of social and service providers, safeguard people’s freedom of communications and consumers’ rights.

by Taiwan News, Website Editorial Staff