EU steps up a gear on Spam

As of today new European Law bans the sending of unwanted email (though it has to originate of course from the EU).

Its is now and offence to send emails or texts unless the recipient has agreed to in advance.

Well i'll be glad to see what happens here. Personally i think its definately a step in the right direction, but for it to work more countries have to take this stance! Also after reading this you start to wonder if anyone will be even prosecuted under the new law?

One question that i do need to aks (if you know tell me) how does this stand with current lists already gathered where the user were not given the choice to opt out and in, are these all now redundant?