...and on the fifth day of the ninth month of 2007 the tide of spam did cease and the multitude were glad thereof. Yeah, right! But today is the day the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act comes into effect.
What effect is it likely to have? Not much, according to Bruce Simpson: "...don't expect a bunch of half-arsed, poorly thought out, unlikely to be upheld bunch of red tape is going to slow down any real kiwi spammer or any of the idiots from GodZone who pollute your mailbox with ponzi schemes."
According to Computerworld, a series of bureaucratic wrist-slapping wet bus tickets have been prepared: "The [Department of Internal Affairs Anti-Spam Unit] encourages voluntary compliance with the act, but if someone carries on spamming that business or individual will receive a formal letter saying the spammer is breaching the act. The next step is a formal warning and, if that doesn’t work, court action will eventually be taken..."
Would it be churlish to wonder just were those formal letters will be sent? The spam I get doesn't seem to have physical addresses attached.
There are provisions for fines of up to $2,000 per infringement, but with the vast bulk of spam coming from offshore, don't ditch SpamAssassin yet!