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Germany gets tough with spammers

Strengthening law

By Jan Libbenga, 30 Jan 2005

Germany's ruling coalition of Social Democrats and Greens will introduce tough laws to fine spammers. People sending junk email in Germany can expect fines of up €50,000, Reuters reports.

The proposed law, which will have its first reading in the lower house next month, is an extension of the Tele-services Act (Gesetz über die Nutzung von Telediensten). The new Section 7 paragraph 3 of the TDG requires email marketers to use a valid sender’s address and headers that indicate that the email is intended for commercial purposes.

Cases of concealment and falsification of IP addresses will be considered illegal in Germany. Spammers that use a remailer to make the email anonymous can also expect heavy fines. ®

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