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ACMA Action on spam and telemarketing: January to March 2021

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Telemarketing and spam emails or SMS messages are an issue for many Australians, with ACMA, the Australian Communications and Media Authority “protecting the public by promoting and enforcing the law.”

ACMA, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, has published its key actions for the first quarter of 2021, noting the following:

Scams:
- 55 million scam calls blocked under new rules

Penalties:
- $310,800 penalty paid by Kogan Australia for spam breaches
- $79,800 penalty paid by Telco First Pty Ltd for spam breaches

Court enforceable commitments:
- Court-enforceable commitments accepted from Seek the Deal Pty Ltd, Kogan Australia and Telco First

Compliance alerts:
- 1,089 compliance alerts given to businesses

Penalties:
- $2,194,500 in paid penalties by businesses in the last 2 years

ACMA’s report is here and it notes the organisation’s priorities, its work on combating scams, COVID-19 vaccination scams, action on companies who fail to provide a way to unsubscribe from marketing emails, investigations, enforcement, complaints, compliance alerts and more.

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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