A Dutch court has ordered a spamming computer seller to stop harvesting e-mail addresses from an online address guide and to delete the already collected addresses, or face up to €100,000 ($180,430) in fines.
NTS Computer Technology BV of Rotterdam, Netherlands, admitted it collected e-mail addresses from e-mailgids.com, an address guide for Dutch speaking Internet users with about 110,000 e-mail addresses operated by Netwise Publications BV in Diemen, Netherlands. NTS sent ads for hardware and software to the addresses.
"NTS today received a letter from our attorney with the request to pay €1,858,229.98 for 4,095 spam e-mail messages sent to 116 of our control e-mail addresses," Wammes Witkop, director of Aktu Publications BV, which owns Netwise, said on Monday. If NTS does not pay, Netwise will again go to court, Witkop said.
NTS could not be reached for comment.