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Pizza Hut Australia has recently faced a hefty fine of $2.5 million for violating Australian spam laws by sending over 10 million marketing messages without consent or an option to unsubscribe. An investigation conducted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) revealed that the company had sent approximately six million text messages and emails between January and May last year, causing frustration for recipients who had not consented to receiving marketing communications.

ACMA member Samanta Yorke highlighted the importance of upholding consumer rights, emphasizing that customers have the right not to receive marketing messages if they have not consented or have chosen to unsubscribe. Yorke expressed disappointment in well-known businesses failing to meet their obligations, stating that there is no excuse for disregarding the rights of consumers.

As a result of the breach, Pizza Hut will engage an independent consultant to review its compliance obligations and make necessary improvements. The company is also required to report regularly to ACMA to ensure adherence to direct marketing laws. ACMA warns all businesses engaging in e-marketing to check their compliance systems effectively to prevent spamming customers and avoid serious penalties.

This incident adds to the growing list of companies facing penalties for breaching spam laws, with over $15 million in fines paid by businesses in the past 18 months. Other companies, including Luxottica, Outdoor Supacentre, DoorDash, Ticketek, Uber, and Kmart, have also been subject to recent action for similar violations.


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Article Title: Pizza Hut fined $2.5m for sending 10 million marketing messages in four months
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