Facebook won $711 million in a lawsuit against a notorious spammer. Don’t cheer too hard, though. The same spampresario owes MySpace $234 million for the same thing.
The war on spam is just as doomed as the war on drugs, but the FBI has won a battle, bringing down a bulk commercial e-mail ring that pimped Chinese penny stocks into unwilling inboxes. They also developed bot network that helped spam avoid detection.
What’s an account-related message from your company, and what’s marketing? Kevin, the subject of this week’s Red Tape Chronicles column, wants to know, because he’d like Capital One to stop sending him advertisements for their products. Capital One claims that he can’t opt out, since the marketing pitches are “account management communications.” Right.
Mark started getting promotional emails from Hilton over a year ago, and he’s tried all sorts of opt-out strategies:
The FTC slammed nuisance advertiser ValueClick with a record-breaking $2.9 million fine for littering the internet with deceptive ads for free iPods, PS3s, and plasma TVs. Instead of providing freebies, ValueClick tricked people into signing up for useless services and then failed to safeguard their personal information.
Crissy received some txt message spam on her cellphone and was understandably annoyed because incoming txt messages are not included in her package with T-Mobile.