Over­sight must be beefed up to curb spam SMS

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT -

MANY SMART­PHONE USERS com­plain about re­ceiv­ing un­wanted mes­sages and that even af­ter they send or­ders back to block such junk mes­sages as in­structed, the junk mes­sages con­tinue. Le­gal Daily com­ments:

A woman in Chengdu, South­west China’s Sichuan prov­ince, com­plained that she re­ceived junk mes­sages af­ter buy­ing cof­fee from an au­to­matic dis­pens­ing ma­chine. The mes­sage said she could re­ply “T” to block more mes­sages in the fu­ture, but when she replied “T”, she re­ceived even more junk mes­sages.

That’s a com­mon prob­lem for many smart­phone users. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the tele­com com­pa­nies re­quire com­mer­cial mes­sage senders to in­clude a way for the re­cip­i­ents to block fu­ture mes­sages in their con­tent, so SMS spam senders in­clude such state­ments.

How­ever, tele­com com­pa­nies do not check whether the block­ing is ef­fec­tive. As a re­sult, many junk mes­sage senders in­clude false in­for­ma­tion to cheat users.

Data show that the num­ber of junk mes­sages Chi­nese users re­ceived in 2017 was slightly less than 10 bil­lion. Some tele­com de­fend­ers praise this by say­ing the num­ber is lower than the 70 bil­lion in 2012, when such mes­sages were at their peak, but the fact is 10 bil­lion is still a very big num­ber and shows the rights of smart­phone users are still be­ing vi­o­lated.

In or­der to counter this, it is time the tele­com su­per­vi­sory depart­ments did their job by pun­ish­ing the il­le­gal junk mes­sage senders ac­cord­ing to the law.

Besides, some me­dia re­ports say tele­com com­pa­nies have prof­ited from the send­ing of junk mes­sages be­cause the il­le­gal senders must pay tele­com com­pa­nies to send junk mes­sages on such a scale. Only by cut­ting the profit chain can the rights of smart­phone users be pro­tected.

Some “ex­perts” also ad­vise smart­phone users to in­stall ap­pli­ca­tions to block junk mes­sages. That con­fuses the right with the duty. Smart­phone users have the right not to be dis­turbed, and it is not their duty to in­stall such ap­pli­ca­tions.

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