The law against SMS spam




The law against SMS spam

Draft amendments to the federal law “On Communications”, designed to protect users from receiving unwanted advertising messages, has been prepared by the Ministry of Communications, and will soon be published in the public domain for discussion. It is assumed that the amendments in the legislation will consolidate the concept of “spam.” Experts welcomes this initiative agencies, but they believe that it one to solve the problem of “junk” information is not enough.

As explained in the Ministry of Communications, “is now the operator has no right to filter SMS-message and refuse to deliver them, even if there is evidence that it’s spam.” The bill requires the ministry to put into law a definition of spam, and give operators legal mechanism to deal with mass email promotions that are not consistent with the subscriber and does not come from the operator.

According to the amendments agencies provide subscribers with content services and deduct money from the account will only be possible after receiving the express consent of the subscriber. Also, the law calls for strengthening the need to provide subscribers with information about the cost and maintenance services to obtain their consent to the provision of services.

The proposed measures will not apply to advertising messages, receipt of which is agreed upon.

On According to the chairman of the Union of Russian consumers Shelisch Peter, if the definition prepared by the Ministry of Communications, actually be able to distinguish spam from the total range of information, so as to leave no doubt in the interpretation of a message, “it will certainly be useful for law enforcement.” Concept ” spam “has long existed in the foreign legislation. In the U.S. and the EU are very strict norms against those who send such messages. There were already abroad and serious criminal cases that ended in huge fines for spammers.

But the legal definition of the concept – only the bottom of the conditions of the struggle with unwanted information. We have many years worked to ensure that operators were not allowed to provide services to third-lih without the consent of the recipient of services – a direct violation of the civil code, “- says Shelisch.


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