The Federal Court in Brisbane today imposed $6.5 million dollars in penalties against two respondents in an SMS spamming case.
The respondents were identified by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) as Jobspy Pty Ltd and Scott Mark Moles with $4 million and $2.5 million in penalties, respectively.
Today’s decision is a follow through of a landmark court decision handed in last 23 October by the Federal Court in Brisbane.
In that decision, also reported in by SPAMWATCHERS, an affiliate website of The Filipino Australian, imposed $15.75 million in penalties against Mobilegate Ltd and Winning Bid Pty Ltd following the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s first court action taken against unsolicited SMS messages.
On today’s decision, Mr Chris Chapman, Chairman of the ACMA, said: “This case once again highlights the willingness of the ACMA to pursue, to the full extent of its powers, individuals and companies that systematically operate in breach of the Spam Act.
“This matter should also serve as a warning to all parties involved in sending commercial electronic messages that non-compliance with the Spam Act can carry with it very significant consequences.”
A hearing in relation to the final respondent in the case is due to resume in the Federal Court in Brisbane in February next year, the ACMA reported.