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Hong Kong Plans to Enact Anti-Spam Law

Lisa Minter (
Sun, 12 Jun 2005 21:12:45 -0500

Hong Kong plans to enact an anti-spam law next year to crack down on
companies that send unsolicited e-mails or make automated
telemarketing calls to consumers, an official has said.

The government has consulted with industry groups to craft a law that
would combat junk faxes, e-mails, text messages and telemarketing

Au Man-ho, director-general of the Telecommunications Authority, said
in a statement Saturday that direct marketing companies using
automated calling on an unsolicited basis "can be considered a spam

However, Au said the law -- to take effect at an unspecified date in
2006 -- would not cover "manually made cold calls" to avoid
interfering with normal business activities.

He said the issue still requires public discussion and that the
government was working with fixed-line and mobile operators to create
a code of practice for telemarketing.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.

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