Australian's Spam Act 2003

Australia’s Spam Act of 2003 regulates the practice of sending unsolicited commercial electronic messages, as well as the use of address-harvesting software. Violators are subject to civil penalties and injunctions. The Australian Spam Act entered into force on April 11, 2004, and was revised in December 2005. Following, there is a brief description of the scope of this act.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How does the Spam Act define commercial messages?
What type of commercial electronic messages is prohibited?
Does the Spam Act prohibit the use of address-harvesting software?
Who is held to have authorized the sending of an electronic message? and what is the status of a commercial electronic message sent by mistake?
What kind of ancillary orders may the Federal Court make?

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