Ban on advertising spam in October

Dutch efforts to ban junk emails, or spam, will be tightened up in October with a ban on sending advertising emails to companies, news agency ANP reports.

It is already illegal to send junk emails to private individuals. Some 90% of email traffic in the Netherlands is junk mail.
Companies caught breaking the rules can be fined up to €450,000 by telecom watchdog Opta.
Last year Opta fined two Dutch companies a total of €510,000 for sending spam offering jobs working from home.
Junior economic affairs minister Frank Heemskerk also plans to allow people to end a contract with their mobile phone or internet provider with one month’s notice, if they have completed their initial contract period of one or two years.
This will stimulate providers to come up with competitive packages to keep customers, he said.

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