ACC Consulting Oy gets conditional fines

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The Data Protection Ombudsman has decided that ACC Consulting Oy cannot be brought into line with advice and guidance alone, and has passed the matter on to the Data Protection Board with a requirement to impose a conditional fine to ensure compliance.

Reply from Data Protection Ombudsman

ScienceSoft Oy / ScienceSoft, Inc.: Spamming without content

ScienceSoft Oy, apparently of Annankatu 2 A 2, 00100 HELSINKI, tel. +358-45-178 4880, contact@scnsoft.fi, www.scnsoft.fi are spamming. The spam has zero text content, only a 24-page PDF, so it’s illegal because it does not indicate where the addresses were obtained from, it does not have an unsubscription method, it does not identify the sender adequately, etc. etc.

The spamming IP is in Belarus, as is the mothership of this supposedly Finnish company. They started spamming in April 2013, but I seem not to have written them up at the time.

Received: from gw-mail.scnsoft.com (gw-mail.scnsoft.com [93.84.113.149])

An open letter to Filip Poutintsev / Lateralus Enterprise / Tavoite Media

This was sent in private email on Feb 12 in response to a spam. No response has been received so far.

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Aboma Control Oy: Spamming to advertise accounting services

Aboma Control Oy (www, biz reg, responsible people) is using spam to advertise its accounting services. The spam says they are using a purchased list from Suomen Asiakastieto Oy. I received a copy of this spam at my business and saw it in spamtraps that qualify as outdated and erroneous personal information (the processing of which is illegal).

The ESP is Hurja Solutions Oy (hurja.fi, e-viesti.fi, qred.fi; www, biz reg, responsible people) whose web pages do not contain anything on the topic of acceptable use.
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MailerLite again

In a blog post titled Email Segmentation Without User Data, MailerLite, aka UAB “Itema”, are putting forth the view that you should be “segmenting” by sending your contacts more email about the same basic idea with different subject lines to see which email performs the best.

Now this doesn’t really address the point of whether you’re sending by permission or without it, and of course MailerLite’s policies (ToS, privacy policy and anti-spam policy) read just fine, but our previous experiences with MailerLite suggest that even their own idea of what is acceptable may not be quite as highbrow as put forth in those documents.

Discussion on several anti-spam mailing lists is currently centering on the topic of how to best avoid MailerLite pre-emptively in its entirety, by IP, domain name, shoe size and other relevant parameters…

ASML (Finnish DMA): Spamtraps are illegal

A little bird told me that the Asiakkuusmarkkinointiliitto (“Customership Marketing Association”, for lack of an official translation) (www, biz reg, register of associations) has posted an anonymous opinion piece that basically says they think spamtrapping is illegal.

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Suomalainen Kirjakauppa: Hell bent on using bad data

Suomalainen Kirjakauppa (www, biz reg), one of Finland’s largest bookstores (and oldest registered businesses) has been terminated previously by a Finnish ESP, and by a Swedish ESP operating in Finland, both for the use of bad data that hit spamtraps and landed their IPs onto blocklists. It is very likely that they aren’t deliberately spamming B2C (though it must be said that B2B spam that is guaranteed to be spam has been seen from them too), but by steadfastly refusing to clean bad/old/bad and old data from their legitimately acquired B2C lists, they have degenerated into spammers.

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Panic Marketing again

Panic Marketing, the subject of the now defunct SBL168245, have been lying low for a bit, but are active again. And were noticed by the right people.

QVC: Verifying Email Addresses that Never Responded to Email

Today video and e-commerce retailer QVC sent what appears to be a re-engagement or verification email to a pristine spamtrap. The spamtrap probably got onto QVC’s list because the user typoed the real email address when subscribing. The email indicates that the user has not responded to emails “recently”, and asks for the user to indicate whether they want to stay on QVC’s list. The ESP is Cheetahmail, a subsidiary of Experian.

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Target Spams Email Appended List with Data Breach Notice

U.S.-based retailer Target, which recently suffered a massive data breach, has responded to that breach by hiring an email appender to append scraped email addresses (some of them closed for over a decade) to their customer list. Target then spammed that appended list over the past few days. The ESP is Epsilon, via its subsidiary Bigfoot Interactive.

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