The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Microsoft wins £45,000 from spammer Paul Fox

From c|net news: Microsoft wins record amount from spammer. In short, Paul Fox was ordered to pay Microsoft £45,000 (approximately $84,177) for sending spam for his porn site to Hotmail customers. Apparently, this is some sort of record for Europe.

What makes the article most interesting, is its discussion on the toothlessness of UK anti-spam laws. In most cases, the Information Commissioner has very little power to take action against spammers, and individuals have no power at all.


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