Company fined €100,000 for sending spam
OPTA, the Dutch administrative authority in charge of telecommunications and postal services, whose mandate is halfway between that of ARCEP and the CNIL in France, recently fined Companeo €100,000 for improperly sending commercial prospecting emails to professionals.
The conviction relates to 15 million commercial e-mails sent between 2009 and 2011 without the consent of the recipients being collected in a responsible manner and in compliance with the regulations. Companeo can still appeal the decision of the Dutch authority.
"Spamming is banned because it causes enormous frustration and unnecessary costs to society. Trust in the Internet is fundamental, especially as more and more people are active online," said OPTA President Chris Fonteijn following the conviction.
Signal Spam communicates complaints from French Internet users about spam sent from the Netherlands to OPTA, which also has the www.spamklacht.nl. The 680 accumulated complaints against Companeo revealed the company's shortcomings and authorised this conviction.