Email Unsubscribe Instructions

Email policy: GoPetition sends essentially three kinds of email. First, GoPetition sends account holders essential emails for the operation of GoPetition services. Second, informative emails that comply with our Terms of Use (TOU), and third, emails that are requested on an opt-in basis.

Essential email such as signature receipts, account verification, and petition management emails are sent on the basis of GoPetition's Terms of Use which form part of the membership commitment.

Other email sent by GoPetition will generally include informative mail based on our TOU or opt-in email alerts agreed to during the membership process or some later subscription. Email alerts may be "unsubscribed" at any time by logging in to your account, clicking on "Settings" and unchecking the relevant alert. Members who wish to receive NO mail from GoPetition at all will need to unsubscribe from membership. Details of this process are in our FAQ.

GoPetition seeks to comply with international law in regard to email policy. This is nicely summed up in the Australian position. In Australia, the relevant legislation is the Spam Act 2003 which covers some types of e-mail and phone spam, which took effect on 11 April 2004. The Spam Act provides that "Unsolicited commercial electronic messages must not be sent." Whether an e-mail is unsolicited depends on whether you have consent. Consent can be express or inferred. Express consent is when someone directly instructs you to send them e-mails, e.g. if they opt-in. Consent can also be inferred from the business relationship between the sender and recipient or if the recipient conspicuously publishes their e-mail address in a public place (such as on a website).

In the United States, most states enacted anti-spam laws during the late 1990s and early 2000s. These have since been pre-empted by the less restrictive CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.

All the countries of the European Union have passed laws that specifically target spam. Article 13 of the European Union Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (2002/58/EC) provides that the EU member states shall take appropriate measures to ensure that unsolicited communications for the purposes of direct marketing are not allowed either without the consent of the subscribers concerned or in respect of subscribers who do not wish to receive these communications, the choice between these options to be determined by national legislation.

In Canada, the Government of Canada has introduced anti-spam legislation called the Electronic Commerce Protection Act at the House of Commons to fight spam.

GoPetition takes spam seriously from the perspective of both delivering and receiving communication. If you as a member of GoPetition have any problem with spam from third parties you may report abuse at Contact Us. Any users that are suspected of Spamming from a GoPetition "Tell a Friend" service, or of using GoPetition for illegal advertising, should be reported immediately.

Conversely, any spam detected in the GoPetition intramail service or mailbox service should be reported. We will investigate the user and/or source and take action if we determine that spam has been detected.

GoPetition also encourages all members to whitelist GoPetition in their email program so that important messages are not missed. If you believe that an email should have been received from GoPetition, please check your bulk email folder before contacting us as our mail may not have arrived in your inbox because of filtering problems.