With the cost of cybercrime in Canada on the rise - a new report
released last week by Symantec, a security software vendor, pegged the
cost at $3.1 billion annually - my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) reports that the Canadian government is quietly
working behind-the-scenes to create a new Internet service provider code
of conduct. If approved, the code would be technically be voluntary for
Canadian ISPs, but the active involvement of government officials
suggests that most large providers would feel pressured to participate.
The move toward an ISP code of conduct would likely form part of a
two-pronged strategy to combat malicious software that can lead to
cybercrime, identity theft, and other harms. First, the long-delayed
anti-spam legislation features new disclosure requirements for the
installation of software along with tough penalties for non-compliance.
Recent comments from Industry Minister James Moore suggest that the
government is ready to bring that law into effect. Second, the code of
conduct would require participants to provide consumers with assistance
should their computers become infected.
TagsShareWednesday October 09, 2013