Unsolicited email has long been regarded by ISPs and users alike as at best a nuisance and at worse an intrusion into privacy. The proposal is widely seen as a u-turn by Brussels -- the e-commerce directive offered consumers the right to opt-out of email lists but imposed no ban.
Under the Processing of Personal Data Directive the Commission intends to give email the same status as telephone calls and faxes and ban all unsolicited communications.
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