New Obligations Imposed by Polish Government on Email Senders

Aleksandra Duło, 3 March 2023

The Council of Ministers, Republic of Poland, has adopted the draft of the Act on combating abuses in electronic communication. Proposed solutions should combat the most popular forms of cyber threats, such as
phishing, smishing and spoofing.

New regulations for mailbox providers:

Cybercrimes mentioned above are more and more common. According to CERT report, there were as many as 22 575 phishing incidents in Poland in 2021. To curb such practices, this year, on February 14, the government adopted the draft of the Act on Combating Abuses in Electronic Communications.

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The new regulations impose:

  • obligation for e-mail service providers, with at least 500,000 users or such users as public entities, to authenticate the domain with security features, such as SPF (Sender Policy Framework), DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication Reporting and Conformance) and DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail),
  • creating a list of trusted numbers, used only for receiving voice calls,
  • obligation for entrepreneurs to take proportionate measures to prevent abuse in electronic communication, ie blocking calls and text messages containing smishing content.

According to the draft, providers, who will not meet the requirements, will be charged with financial penalties, which may result in some losses (also in terms of image), and even increase the rate of undelivered messages and client complaints.

Moreover, public entities have been to use authentication SPF, DMARC and DKIM. As a result, contracts with public entities, of these providers, who will not introduce new security standards will be automatically terminated.

Why email senders, should be required to use SPF, DKIM and DMARC?

The solutions mentioned above, significantly improve safety in e-mail communication and eliminate the potential risk of domain spoofing and email phishing.

SPF allows to check, which IP adresses, are able to send e-mails from our domain, DKIM digitally signs e-mails, and authorizes the sender of the message, while DMARC shows the servers what to do with messeges that haven’t passed SPF and DKIM control correctly. These mechanisms allow you to generate reports from such events and together they help to prevent spoofing our domain.

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