A lot of SPAM marketers claim that they are complying with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 and so they are lawfully clogging your email inbox
… Only problem with this is that CAN-SPAM is a USA Act signed into law by President George W. Bush on December 16, 2003.
Australian Anti-Spam laws are a little different.
As defined by the ACMA:
The Spam Act 2003 prohibits the sending of unsolicited commercial electronic messages—known as spam—with an Australian link. A message has an Australian link if it originates or was commissioned in Australia, or originates overseas but was sent to an address accessed in Australia.
The only exemption is a clause known as ‘inferred consent‘
– if your email address is conspicuously published & not accompanied by a statement that commercial messages are not wanted. Which is why I add “Unsolicited Commercial Contact Unwelcome” or words to that effect to the footer of every site I publish.
Does it make a difference?
I take the approach that every little bit helps – and reporting spam can help build a database of serial offenders.