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SPAM ACT 2003 - SECT 17

Commercial electronic messages must include accurate sender information

             (1)  A person must not send, or cause to be sent, a commercial electronic message that has an Australian link unless:

                     (a)  the message clearly and accurately identifies the individual or organisation who authorised the sending of the message; and

                     (b)  the message includes accurate information about how the recipient can readily contact that individual or organisation; and

                     (c)  that information complies with the condition or conditions (if any) specified in the regulations; and

                     (d)  that information is reasonably likely to be valid for at least 30 days after the message is sent.

Note:          For Australian link , see section 7.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person:

                     (a)  did not know; and

                     (b)  could not, with reasonable diligence, have ascertained;

that the message had an Australian link.

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person sent the message, or caused the message to be sent, by mistake.

             (4)  A person who wishes to rely on subsection (2) or (3) bears an evidential burden in relation to that matter.

Ancillary contraventions

             (5)  A person must not:

                     (a)  aid, abet, counsel or procure a contravention of subsection (1); or

                     (b)  induce, whether by threats or promises or otherwise, a contravention of subsection (1); or

                     (c)  be in any way, directly or indirectly, knowingly concerned in, or party to, a contravention of subsection (1); or

                     (d)  conspire with others to effect a contravention of subsection (1).

             (6)  A person does not contravene subsection (5) merely because the person supplies a carriage service that enables an electronic message to be sent.

Civil penalty provisions

             (7)  Subsections (1) and (5) are civil penalty provisions .

Note:          Part 4 provides for pecuniary penalties for breaches of civil penalty provisions.

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