3/24/2006

Jumpstart Technologies To Pay to Settle Anti-Spam Charges

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:11 pm

Jumpstart Technologies LLC of San Francisco, an internet marketing company that offered free movie tickets in exchange for friends’ e-mail addresses agreed to pay a $900,000 fine to settle charges it violated federal anti-spam laws, authorities said Friday.

The company was accused by the Federal Trade Commission of disguising commercial e-mail as personal messages and misleading consumers about the terms of its FreeFlixTix promotion, FTC staff attorney Lisa Rosenthal said.

“This was a pretty cut and dry case of deception,” Rosenthal said. “The law enables consumers to block commercial e-mails if they want to, and this was subverting consumers’ ability to do that because it looked like it was coming from friends.”

he civil settlement was filed March 22 in federal court in San Francisco and prohibits the company from further violations of anti-spam laws. It does not include an admission of guilt.

Source: AP

 

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