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What are the New Zealand laws about permission?

New Zealand laws about unsolicited emails are very clear. Permission for email newsletters and marketing needs to be an opt-in situation rather than an opt-out, which is also in line with our permission guidelines.

Obtaining consent

Consent for emails may be express (direct permission from the person recieving the message), inferred (where the relationship already exsists - such as bought a similar product) or deemed. If you are unsure about your address list, ask us and we'll explain.

The Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007

According to the Department of Internal Affairs:

The Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007 came into effect on the 5th of September 2007. The Act defines spam as 'unsolicited commercial electronic messages'.

The purposes of the Act are to:

The Act is also intended to encourage good direct marketing practice by:

The Act covers email, instant messaging, SMS and MMS (text and image-based mobile phone messaging) of a commercial nature. It does not cover faxes, Internet pop-ups or voice telemarketing.

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