The UK has made spam a criminal offence to try to stop the flood of unsolicited messages. [BBC Tech News]
Under the new law which takes effect on 11 December, companies will have to get permission from an individual before they can send them an e-mail or text message. Spammers could be fined Â¬Â£5,000 in a magistrates court or an unlimited penalty from a jury. The regulations do not cover business e-mail addresses.
Earlier this month Italy imposed tough regulations to fine spammers up to 90,000 euros (Â¬Â£66,000) and impose a maximum prison term of three years. EU legislation banning unwanted e-mail is due to come into force on 31 October.