The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

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Impact of anti-spam law being surveyed

27 June 2011

Internal Affairs’ Anti-Spam Compliance Unit is conducting a survey to gauge the impact of the four-year-old Unsolicited Electronic Messages (UEM) Act and incoming spam on New Zealand businesses and individuals.

The Act took effect on 5 September 2007 to prohibit unsolicited commercial electronic mail and enable legal action to be taken against New Zealand-based spammers. The unit has issued three statements of claim, 18 infringement notices and 218 formal warnings.

The survey seeks business attitudes to unsolicited electronic messages and communications, the awareness and effectiveness of the legislation and regimes that regulate these communications. It is open to all New Zealand organisations and individuals. All responses will be anonymous and confidential and used only for statistical information and reporting.

The survey can be accessed via the website:

Media contact:
Trevor Henry, senior communications adviser, Department of Internal Affairs
Ph 04 495 7211; cell 0275 843 679