It’s official – spam is not kosher

As far as I can tell, this meme has resurfaced recently because the law in question came into force in December 2008 – though I believe it was originally proposed back in 2005. Anyway, under the new law, the originators of spam can be fined NIS 1000 (about $250) per unsolicited message. If the Securitem blog entry is correct, the law applies if the originator of the message is Israeli, or if the entity which would benefit from the mail is Israeli.

The interesting thing, from a UK/EU point of view, is that under the Israeli law the sending of the unsolicited traffic is regarded as a nuisance in itself: the recipient does not have to show actual harm resulting from it.