Pizza Hut Australia Pays $2.5 Million Penalty For Spam

Pizza Pan Group Pty Ltd, trading as Pizza Hut Australia, has paid a $2,502,500 penalty for sending more than 10 million marketing messages in breach of Australian spam laws across a four-month period.

An Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) investigation found that Pizza Hut Australia sent 5,941,109 texts and emails from January to May 2023 to customers who either had not consented or had withdrawn their consent to receive marketing.

During the same period Pizza Hut Australia also sent customers 4,364,971 marketing messages without an option to unsubscribe.

Authority member Samantha Yorke said these significant failures caused frustration for people.

“Some of the customers involved had attempted to unsubscribe several times and received multiple messages after trying to stop them,” Ms Yorke said.

“The public expects more from businesses who are using their data. They have a right not to be sent marketing messages if they haven’t consented or have chosen to unsubscribe.”

“The spam rules have been in place for over 20 years and there is simply no excuse for failing to uphold the rights of consumers. It is particularly disappointing when well-known businesses with large customer bases fail to meet their obligations in the way Pizza Hut has.”

The ACMA has also accepted a comprehensive three-year court-enforceable undertaking from Pizza Hut Australia committing the business to appoint an independent consultant to review its compliance with the rules and to make improvements where required. Pizza Hut Australia must also report regularly to the ACMA.

“We help people who receive unwanted spam by cracking down on businesses that don’t comply with the direct marketing laws,” Ms Yorke said.

“The penalties for breaching can be very serious and all companies that conduct e-marketing should check their compliance systems are working effectively so they’re not spamming customers.”

Enforcement of the spam unsubscribe rules is a current ACMA compliance priority. This action follows recent enforcement actions taken against other companies that have breached the spam laws, including Luxottica, Outdoor Supacentre, DoorDash, Ticketek, Uber and Kmart. Over the last 18 months businesses have paid more than $15 million in spam and telemarketing penalties.

Consumers can make a complaint about spam here

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