Regulator acts against spam SMS

19 Sep 2007

The Saudi telecoms regulator, the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), says it is warning service providers who send spam SMS text messages that they face fines of up to SAR5 million (USD1.33 million) and the suspension of their business licence. The regulator says it is illegal to offer cash prizes via SMS messages and all marketing messages must include instructions on how to be removed from the company’s mailing list. CITC spokesperson Sultan Al-Malek told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper: ‘We have already stopped a number of violating companies and imposed the stated penalty on them. These companies are very easy to be tracked. I urge people not to respond to these messages, which are basically made to extort their money.’

Saudi Arabia, Communications and IT Commission (CITC)