Australian Gov't Officials Accuse Lobbyists Of Spam; Block Emails
from the who's-right? dept
Down in Australia, the New South Wales Premier (or, at least, people working in his office) are apparently so annoyed at an environmental lobbying group who sent them 1700 emails via government webform that officials have accused the lobbyists of breaking anti-spam laws and have blocked emails sent from the organization while also threatening to report the spamming to law enforcement. Of course, there are a few problems, such as the fact that the local anti-spam law only covers commercial emails and also says the law cannot be used to infringe on the right to political communication. Still, even if it’s not breaking the law specifically, it’s hard to feel much sympathy for a lobbying group that thinks the most effective way to get its message across is to send 1700 emails to politicians — all from the same IP address. The lobbyist is complaining to the government that “an email is a legitimate form of communication with the Government as much as a printed letter is.” That’s certainly true, but the lobbyist should at least be willing to admit he may have gone a bit overboard in overloading the system with so many messages.