Plenty of Fish Offering More than Just Romance? Dating Site Fined for Spam
Are you an online dater? You may use your mobile device or desktop computer to test the theory of there being “plenty of fish in the sea,” but how do you feel about Internet spam?
Founded in 2003 by Markus Frind, online dating site, Plenty of Fish, began in Vancouver, British Columbia and continues to be headquartered there. And though the popular tool to help bring lonely people together has hooked over 90 million members worldwide, it seems that the company has found something else floating in their waters: a hefty fine!
Apparantly, the CRTC (the Canadian version of the FCC) has slapped Plenty of Fish with a $48,000 fine for not properly obeying Canada’s new anti-spam laws.
Something Seems Fishy
Supposedly, there have been numerous complaints regarding PlentyOfFish Media Inc., implying that the dating site has sent a variety of emails to members without a clear method to unsubscribe—a condition under the new anti-spam legislation, which took hold on July 1, 2014. Specifically, the company has been charged with sending commercial emails to clients detailing users about services available via their site.
Taking place between July and October of last year, the issue has since been dealt with and Plenty of Fish has corrected their emails to implement the new law. And while $48,000 may not seem like too much of a fine for Frind, a man who has a personal wealth of over $200 million, this example is one of the first to take place since the new anti-spam law went into effect.
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It should come as no great surprise how popular online dating sites have become in recent years. Created to guard users from online scams, these anti-spam laws clearly showcase the simple fact that even if you’re behind a smart phone or desktop, protection is still very important.
Microsoft: Building a secure foundation to drive NASCAR
Microsoft is a key partner of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and together they are driving ahead to create an inclusive and immersive new fan experience (FX).
These long-term partners have not only navigated the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the use of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365, but are now looking to a future packed with virtual events to enhance the FX, well beyond NASCAR’S famous Daytona racetrack.
“Together, we've created a secure environment that's allowed for collaboration, but the future is all about the fans”, said Melinda Cook, General Manager for Microsoft South USA Commercial Business, who cited a culture of transparency, passion, adaptiveness, and a growth mindset as to why this alignment is so successful.”
“We've partnered to create a fluid, immersive experience for the users that is supported by a secure foundation with Microsoft in the background. We are focused on empowering and enabling customers and businesses, like NASCAR, to reach their full potential. We do this with our cloud platform which provides data insights and security.”
“Our cloud environment allows NASCAR to move forward with their digital transformation journey while we are in the background,” said Cook who highlights that Microsoft is helping NASCAR
- Empower employees productivity and collaboration
- Improve fan engagement and experience
- Improve environment security and IT productivity
- Improve racing operations
Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, enabled employees to work remotely, while staying productive, during the pandemic. “This allowed people to provide the same level of productivity with the use of video conference and instant messaging to collaborate on documents. Increased automation also allows the pit crews, IT, and the business to focus on safety, racing operations, and on the fan experience,” said Cook.
“We have started to innovate to create a more inclusive fanbase, this includes using Xbox to give people the experience of being a virtual racer or even leveraging some of the tools in Microsoft Teams to have a virtual ride along experience.”
“These environments are how we create a more inclusive and immersive experience for the fans. We're working on a virtual fan wall which allows people from new locations to participate in these events,” said Cook, who pointed out Microsoft was also helping bring legacy experiences alive from NASCAR’s archives.
“At Microsoft we can take it one level further by letting fans know what it's like to see the pit crew experience, the data and all the behind-the-scenes action. We will continue to improve automation with machine learning and artificial intelligence, from marketing to IT operations to finance to racing operations,” said Cook.
Christine Stoffel-Moffett, Vice President of Enterprise Technology at NASCAR, said: “Microsoft is one of our key partners. They have been instrumental in helping the NASCAR enterprise technology team re-architect our Microsoft systems to ensure an advanced level of security across our environment, contribute to our business outcomes, and focus on fan experience.”