No More Mobile Spam in Israel

The Israeli government has no patience for spammers who’ve chosen the cell phone as their next target.

Cellular-news reports that Israel’s Knesset has greenlit a bill that bans the sending of unsolicited text messages, commercial phone calls and e-mail to mobile phones. The ban, which goes into effect in six months, carries a fine up to $61,000 per infraction.

The ban includes so-called “opt-out” campaigns that spam first and ask permission later. Exemptions include opt-in campaigns where the recipient gives pre-approval for the messages, messages from charities and, unfortunately, those from politicians.