Uber gets AU$412,500 (~USD$264,000) ACMA fine for violating AU spam laws

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) meted out a hefty fine of AU$412,500 (~USD$264,000) for Uber’s disregard for Australian anti-spam laws, and the regulator warned other businesses to take care not to run afoul of these rules. Uber, which sent 500,000 marketing emails to customers who had previously unsubscribed, had been able to evade regulations because the emails were mislabeled as non-commercial. To date, the government’s crackdown in this area has netted AU$11M (~USD$7M) from businesses, and it has advised businesses to closely monitor their marketing.