Oxygen8 content aggregator escapes ACMA wrath

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Oxygen8 content aggregator escapes ACMA wrath

Content aggregator Oxygen8 Communications has avoided a spam warning by accepting an ‘enforceable undertaking’ to monitor SMS messages being sent using its technology platforms - but the individuals who sent the messages might not be so lucky.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), which has been involved in a sustained crackdown on SMS spam, said it had received ‘a number of complaints’ in 2007 and 2008 about SMS sent by content providers using Oxygen8 Communications’ technology platforms.

ACMA is ‘currently conducting investigations into a number of the content providers involved‘, the regulator said in a statement.

However, the platform provider has largely avoided the public shaming meted out to the likes of Hyarchis - by
undertaking to monitor the messages being sent using its systems and suspend the provision of its services to mobile content providers when likely breaches of the Spam Act are detected.

Oxygen8 has also undertaken to provide training to its employees and its customers on the provisions of the Spam Act, ACMA said.

Oxygen8 is said to be one of Australia’s largest content aggregators in the mobile telecommunications industry, providing services to mobile content providers including the delivery and billing of premium messages and customer relationship management.

ACMA’s anti-spam campaign hasn’t been without its hiccups. Last month, premium SMS provider Hyarchis hit back at the regulator, claiming its alleged breach was a ‘slap in the face’. ACMA was forced to defend its reasons for the warning notice.

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