The anti-spam legislation in New Zealand was extended to faxes on October 20—although, technically, junk faxes were disallowed under the Telecommunications Act, based on my reading, and always were.
It hasn’t stopped one company from continuing to send junk faxes, and I’ve reported their three post-October 20 ones to the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA).
However, an interesting one came from Faxads.biz. These folks have, by their own admission, been fax-spamming us for ‘years’. We never consented to being on their list. And now, they are saying that if we do nothing, they will deem it our consent for their continuing to spam us.
As we’ve always operated email lists that people have to consent to by sending a request to a speciﬁc address—unlike many companies, who add you to their emailing list just because you have used their contact form—this approach is foreign to me.
As anyone who has used email knows, the ﬁrst rule of spam is never engage the spammer. This only serves to conﬁrm that your address is current, and you will get more spam as a result.
After reading the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007, a New Zealand junk fax must have a clear means of removal, which, technically, this one from Faxads.biz does. I can ask these folks to remove our number, but should I, when they never should have spammed it in the ﬁrst place?
Every company that has used Faxads.biz I have consciously boycotted, bar one, which apologized after I blogged about it some years ago.
Question: do I engage the spammer? I don’t trust them as far as I could throw them. Or is this going to the DIA as well?
PS.: The DIA advises that I should request a list removal.—JY