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Microsoft wins ruling against spam list sales

Posted by malcolm on Friday, January 19th, 2007 at 16:46

Microsoft has won a High Court ruling preventing a company selling lists of e-mail address which were used to spam. As operator of Hotmail, the free webmail service, the court found Microsoft had competency to bring the case as the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 were designed to protect both e-mail users and service providers.

The court found that although the defendant, Paul Martin McDonald of Bizads, was not sending spam himself, Bizads was instigating the sending of spam in breach of the Regulations.

Hat-tip Richard Clayton.

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