Netherlands issues first fines to spammers

Dutch authorities have issued their first fines for spam originating in the country.

Telecommunications regulator OPTA, which is responsible for regulating spam in the Netherlands, issued three separate fines on in December, the first since the Dutch government agreed in May 2004 to a ban on unsolicited e-mail to consumers.

“We have been collecting complaints about spam on a special spam Web site since May,” said an OPTA spokesman in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “Now we’re going after major spammers in this country, and these are the first results.”

The largest fine,