Singapore implements anti-spam laws

Singapore's Spam Control Act will take effect this week as the city-state seeks to control unsolicited advertising, an AFP report said.

The AFP report quoted the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts as saying that under the Act, marketers based in Singapore convicted of spamming can be fined up to S$ 1 million ($657,000).

'The Act will offer a framework to better manage unsolicited commercial electronic messages sent in bulk, otherwise known as spam,' the ministry said.

'It aims to address the still-growing and global problem of spam,' it said, adding that the Act will take effect June 15.

Anti-spam laws have been introduced in the US, Japan, South Korea and Australia, the AFP report further said.