Why are MyVoucherCodes still spamming everyone?
Last week we called out MyVoucherCodes for their silly newsletter antics. In short, parent company Markco Media had cut and paste their newsletter subscription list from Groupola to MyVoucherCodes and started sending the new recipients their newsletter. That's not illegal but it is irritating; what is illegal is not allowing people to unsubscribe.
The first email newsletter received by Bitterwallet and several readers had an unsubscribe link that directed us to a specific page on their site, which assured the user their email address had been taken off the list. It hadn't. Last week, the newsletter's unsubscribe link redirected to the site's homepage. This week it's doing exactly the same thing. In short, potentially thousands of people are receiving a newsletter they never asked for, and there's no way of stop it. That's spam, MyVoucherCodes.
And then there's the law, too. It's wrapped up in the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, specifically sections 22 and 23. Here's the ICO's take on the regulations, and here's clause 23:
23. A person shall neither transmit, nor instigate the transmission of, a communication for the purposes of direct marketing by means of electronic mail:
(b) where a valid address to which the recipient of the communication may send a request that such communications cease has not been provided.
So MyVoucherCodes are still spamming people, still failing to offer any way to unsubscribe from their spammy newsletter. Any other companies ignoring the law to spam your inbox? Let us know in the comments. Meanwhile, here's what to do about spammers like MyVoucherCodes if it's irritating you, too.