definition of spam


S

Seb

Hello,
If I am correct spam is mass unsolicited (untargeted?) commercial
emailing. Is it also illegal to send targeted, individual commercial
messages? I'm asking because many online services (eg. Paypal) give
people referral bonuses, and sometimes I come across a merchant or
individual who may be interested in a particular service. I'm tempted to
ask nicely if he/she may want to sign up, but since I'm assuming it may
not be lawful, I've never done so. Paypal's instructions say it's
totally legit only if it's someone you know personally, or if you've
done business before.

Seb
 
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GSV Three Minds in a Can

from the wonderful said:
Hello,
If I am correct spam is mass unsolicited (untargeted?) commercial
emailing. Is it also illegal to send targeted, individual commercial
messages? I'm asking because many online services (eg. Paypal) give
people referral bonuses, and sometimes I come across a merchant or
individual who may be interested in a particular service. I'm tempted
to ask nicely if he/she may want to sign up, but since I'm assuming it
may not be lawful, I've never done so. Paypal's instructions say it's
totally legit only if it's someone you know personally, or if you've
done business before.
If you send it to =one= person who you really believe might be
interested, and who you are fairly sure isn't going to complain about
you doing so, you should be OK. It's when they =complain= that you are
spamming them that you are in trouble, not when you do it.
 
J

Jim Ley

If you send it to =one= person who you really believe might be
interested, and who you are fairly sure isn't going to complain about
you doing so, you should be OK. It's when they =complain= that you are
spamming them that you are in trouble, not when you do it.
So you're saying there's no defence against the law that you believed
your commercial solicitation was legitimate? (what is the law in the
UK btw, I know of the EU directive, but where's that in UK law?)

Isn't that somewhat troublesome for regular commercial business - how
do I place an order, or enquire about any product by email without
risk of violating this law?

Jim.
 
G

GSV Three Minds in a Can

from the wonderful said:
So you're saying there's no defence against the law that you believed
your commercial solicitation was legitimate? (what is the law in the
UK btw, I know of the EU directive, but where's that in UK law?)
IANAL but afaik there is no law in the UK. Not much point, since we
can't enforce half the ones we already have.
Isn't that somewhat troublesome for regular commercial business - how
do I place an order, or enquire about any product by email without
risk of violating this law?
I doubt enquiring about a product could be interpreted as spamming...
it's when you're selling or advertising something that the problem is
likely to arise. Any supplier who yelled 'spammer' at their customers
would be out of business rather quickly, wouldn't they.

It's not the law you have to worry about anyway, it's your ISP pulling
your connection, and I haven't seen that done (except in error) for
anything except the worst cases of mass-mailing or nuisance Emailing, or
similar.
 
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