I just sent an email abuse report to MailChimp, documenting the unsolicited emails I have been receiving from the Australian Labor party. I understand that one of their members may have accidentally entered the wrong email address once, but it is unfair that they have subscribed me to 8 separate email lists so far, and I have to take the time to unsubscribe from each one – when I never subscribed in the first place. This is illegal under the SPAM ACT 2003.
Here is the email I sent them:
In Australia we have 2 main political parties, one of them being Labor. They’ve recently been voting for a new leader. I’m not a member of the party, but I’ve received an email from Labor people almost every week for the last month – all from different lists, and I have unsubscribed every single time, choosing the “I never subscribed” option.
5 of the 8 lists I received unsolicited email from were hosted by MailChimp, the remainder by NationBuilder (good luck competing! As a web developer I like your product better)
Subject: Party. Policy. People.
Subject: Why I’m Standing
Subject: I want to make a difference
Subject: Join Bill Shorten for a conversation with country members tonight
Subject: Make your vote count
Subject: I’m supporting Bill
Subject: Labor eNews
Subject: Thank you for your support
As you can see, the Australian Labor party is creating many different lists, and is subscribing my email address to each of them without my permission. I am assuming another Jason O’Neil entered an incorrect email address (this happens often), but as it stands I can only assume the Labor party is importing a bulk list of email addresses into MailChimp, and while I can unsubscribe from each individual mailing list, they will just create new lists and re-import my address.
Unsolicited email is illegal in Australia under the SPAM ACT 2003. I have attempted to contact them but was unable to resolve the issue, and I have received multiple emails since then.
I guess what I am asking:
– Can you contact the owners of these lists and remind them of their responsibilities under law and under your terms and conditions?
– Is there a way to prevent my address from being imported into new lists during a bulk import?
Thank you for your time!