Microsoft has stopped a man from selling lists of email addresses which were
being used for spam. A court has granted a summary judgment against Paul Martin
McDonald, stopping him from selling the lists.
Microsoft owns and runs Hotmail, a free, web based email service. It sought a
summary judgment from the English courts to stop McDonald from operating his
Bizads business, which offered for sale lists of email addresses of people which
were used as the basis of spam by those who purchased the lists.
Microsoft said that the activity breached the Privacy and Electronic
Communications (EC Directive) Regulations. It argued that because a high
proportion of the people receiving the emails complained about them it was
suffering loss and damage to the goodwill it had as operators of Hotmail.