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What recourse does one have against unsolicited marketing?

An academic email address seems to be a magnet for all kinds of spam, and while some of it is obvious grift, some is from otherwise legitimate companies. They will even often include an "...
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Legality of emails reminding of abandoned carts

Some online retailers and service providers have this habit of emailing their would-be (or existing) customers who added something to their shopping cart, entered their email address, but then changed ...
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Does sending a "cold email" via contact form spam under CANSPAM?

Many website have a Contact page with a contact form where people can reach out and ask questions, etc. Can I send a "cold email" using that instead of directly from my inbox? If it does ...
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Does spamming violate ethics rules for attorneys? [closed]

Fairly often, lawyers (or people claiming to be lawyers) post advertisements as answers on Law Stack Exchange questions. Sometimes they include an actual answer to the question (usually written by ...
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What to do if a company starts sending abusive newsletters years after having asked them to stop? [closed]

Five years ago, I used my e-mail address once to buy a service from a company in the EU (so the GDPR applies). Since then, they subscribed me without asking to a newsletter and sent me several mails ...
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Is mortgage protection spam (snail mail) legal? [duplicate]

When you take out a mortgage in the US, the loan information (name of borrower, lender, size of loan, address, loan ID) is public. There are companies that crawl these databases, and use the ...
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Can the government force spammers to disclose how they got my e-mail address?

My impression is that a large proportion of unsolicited email marketing (SPAM) originates because the recipient willingly provides their address in the course of a desired interaction with a second-...
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Is it legal for a company to require you to delete your account to unsubscribe from marketing emails?

I'm subscribed to "Visual Studio Dev Essentials" (so that I can download older versions of Visual Studio from the Microsoft website), but they are sending me unwanted marketing emails ...
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CASL Canadian SPAM Law Question - I am an individual seeking a job, can I mass email a video intro of myself to recruiters asking to connect [closed]

I find Canadian SPAM law confusing, I am an individual seeking a job, so can I mass email a video intro of myself to recruiters asking to connect? The email is clear, that I want a networking ...
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What (kind of body) is TV Licensing, and how do they select people to send their scary mailings to?

Is the body a governmental department? Is it established or commissioned by any legislation in particular? What is its mandated function and mode of function? How does it select what addresses to send ...
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Is wiki vandalism illegal?

Is it legal to vandalize wikis if the vandal doesn't use hacked accounts? Could the vandal either be prosecuted or sued?
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Could there be a lawsuit against actionnetwork.org for sending unstoppable spam?

actionnetwork.org is a mass-email tool for politics. Once a user has signed up for ANY campaign newsletter that is built on actionnetwork, all other campaigns on actionnetwork are free to spam the ...
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Sending Unsolicited Text Messages

In this hypothetical scenario we have a business (LLC) that legally purchased phone numbers from a website that sells lists of phone numbers and names. The business then decides to send 30,000 text ...
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Why aren't email providers liable in some way or another for scams operated via accounts on their domains?

Suppose a spam email tells you that you've earned $1m. To get the funds the email goes on to tell you to email [email protected]. My question revolves around why Gmail doesn't block "joe.schmoe@...
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Can you text a business/sole trader promotional material if they put their number online?

eg. An electrician has put their mobile number on a website to attract business. Can I legally contact that electrician to tell them about a product that he/she may be interested in? .. Everything is ...
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Is this service legal?

This service, "Find Email Free", offers to collect email addresses from its users, and then share them with the users. It seems not only morally wrong on several moral grounds, but also shockingly ...
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Legality Of Robo Calling Robocallers

I have seen a few videos out there where an individual will find a spam robo caller's number and flood the call center with their own robo call. Preventing the spammer from making any new calls and ...
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Is it legal to track a scammer's IP address?

One of my contacts has messaged me asking for help about a scam. He was saying that one same person keeps harassing him with scam messages threatening to put some videos of him online if he doesn't ...
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Do I have any legal recourse against trolls spamming my forum?

I run a forum for supporters of a sports club. I often get supporters from a rival club coming in, creating a user, and spamming my forum, most often after we lose a big game, particularly if against ...
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Legality of mass email situation

I am launching a business directed towards college campuses. I know the email address format of the first college I will be launching at is [email protected] . Basically, I would not have ...
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Mailing bot illegal? [Social Experiment]

Hope I am in the right place for this type of question. I am a developer that would like to start up a little project that is kind of a social experiment. The idea is that I setup a mailing bot with ...
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Can we use client email addresses for marketing?

I work in a small design agency and we are launching a new product soon. What laws govern our ability to email our past clients about this news? When we work with clients we don't ask for their ...
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Can I send someone who wants to meet me about a business contract on a "wild goose chase"?

I have received an unsolicited electronic message (email sent through my web site) touting for business. The sender is in breach of the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act, and I hate spam. He also ...
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