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Portugal - National Communication Authority (ANACOM)

The Portuguese legislation against spam was implemented within the wider framework of the national discipline to regulate electronic commerce. The recently approved Decree-Law 7/2004 aims mainly to transpose Directive 2000/31/EC and includes a chapter ("network advertising communications") incorporating the main dispositions of Directive 2002/58/EC relating to unsolicited communications.   

Unsolicited communications sent in violation of the law shall be deemed as an offence punishable with a fine that may range from € 2'500 to € 50'000, in case of natural persons, or from € 3'333.34 to € 66'666.67, in the case of legal persons, along with additional sanctions.

Competent authority Messages sent to natural persons     Comissão Nacional de Protecção de Dados (CNPD) 
Messages sent to legal persons     ICP – Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ICP-ANACOM)

Opt-in regime for natural persons, except in existing customer relationships    

Opt-out regime for legal persons 

Contact person 


CNPD – Comissão Nacional de Protecção de Dados
Rua de São Bento, 148, 3.º,
1200-821 Lisboa,
Tel.: (351) 21 392 84 00  
Fax: (351) 21 397 68 32 


ICP – Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ICP-ANACOM)  
Avenida José Malhoa, 12, 1099-017 Lisboa, PORTUGAL 
Tel.: (351) 21 721 10 00 
Fax: (351) 21 721 10 01 

Relevant legislation in place

Decree-Law 7/2004 of 7 January 2004:   Portuguese version; English version

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