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Sportsbet to pay $3.7 million in penalties and refunds for alleged contraventions of the Spam Act

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Practical Law Commercial have released a brand new resource, see Legal update: Sportsbet to pay $3.7 million in penalties and refunds for alleged contraventions of the Spam Act. This update considers the largest penalty given by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for alleged contraventions of the Spam Act 2003 (Cth) (Spam Act).

Sportsbet Pty Ltd has been fined $2.5 million and has committed to refund customers around $1.2 million for alleged contraventions of sections 16(1) and 18(1) of the Spam Act. Additional remedial actions are also required by Sportsbet as a result of a related three-year court-enforceable undertaking accepted by the ACMA under section 38 of the Spam Act. For further information on the Spam Act, including commercial electronic messages, consent of the recipient, the unsubscribe facility and consequences of a suspected breach of the Spam Act, see Practice note, Digital and online marketing: Spam Act.

By Practical Law Australia Team

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