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Date Posted: 02:08:15 08/15/03 Fri
Author: Anton
Subject: Re: In the media
In reply to: Spammers hit below men's belts 's message, "Re: In the media" on 10:29:26 08/14/03 Thu

For immediate release - 15 August 2003


InternetNZ is lodging complaints against Christchurch
spammer Shane Atkinson with three different regulatory

Atkinson has been identified in the media as being
responsible for the sending of up to 100 million spam
e-mails a day to promote his penis enlargement pills.

InternetNZ Vice-President, David Farrar, said that
complaints are being lodged with:
- The Commerce Commission for breach of Section 10 of the
Fair Trading Act 1986, relating to misleading conduct in
relation to goods.
- The Ministry of Health for breach of the Medicines Act
- The Privacy Commissioner for breach of the Privacy Act

"Mr Atkinson is an unrepentant spammer who believes that
those who don't want to receive spam should not connect to
the Internet. InternetNZ disagrees that connecting to the
Internet is a license for Mr Atkinson to promote his penis
enlargement pills to every man, woman and child's e-mail
address he can find" said Mr Farrar.

InternetNZ has been considering investigating the
possibility of advocating for NZ legislation to combat spam.

"If nothing is done to stem the tide of spam, we will start
to lose Internet users as they become overloaded with junk
mail. It is estimated that just over 50% of all email
travelling the Internet is now spam". said Keith Davidson,
InternetNZ President

=93If spammers believe there is nothing wrong with spamming,
then legislation will become a definitive requirement in New
Zealand. Many other countries have passed or intend to pass
anti-spam legislation. While New Zealand has been able to
rely on industry self regulation and a high degree of
co-operation between ISP's in the fight against spam, it is
becoming apparent that further steps towards legislation may
be desirable if attitudes like those of Mr Atkinson
exist.=94 according to Mr Davidson

InternetNZ urges the appropriate regulatory authorities to
prosecute Mr Atkinson to the maximum extent permissible
under current laws." concluded InternetNZ Vice-President
David Farrar


For further information please contact:
David Farrar
Vice-President and Chair of Legal & Regulatory, InternetNZ
027 447 0216

Keith Davidson
President, InternetNZ
027 430 3317

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