Strike one

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Last year I filed a complaint against Budget Partners NV (a belgian company) for spamming (see Customs=Criminals). Today I received the outcome of my complaint and it's strike 1 for me. Allow me to copy/paste the text (in dutch) :

Betreft : uw klacht lastens de nv Budgetpartners, Bergensesteenweg 1149 b2 te 1070 Brussel.

Geachte heer,

Ik heb de eer u mede te delen dat, ingevolge uw klacht, door mijn diensten een onderzoek werd ingesteld bij de naamloze vennootschap Budgetpartners.

Het resultaat van dit onderzoek heeft aanleiding gegeven tot het opstellen van een proces-verbaal van waarschuwing ten laste van voormelde onderneming.

De Inspecteur-directeur,
J. Verhasselt.

In short, this means they received an official slap on the wrist, but have not been "convicted" or "fined".

Is this good? Yes! Though I believe that a slap on the wrist will not make a company change its policy, only fines high enough so that any profit from the policy is countered by a financial penalty will do so. All things considered, it is a victory for individuals and their right to privacy as well as a step towards getting rid of spam.

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