In May 2010, then-Industry Minister Tony Clement introduced anti-spam
legislation that he admitted was long overdue. Clement acknowledged that
"Canada is seen as a haven for spammers because of the gaps in our
current legislation...a place where spammers can reside and inflict
their damage around the world." Despite heavy lobbying against the
legislation by groups concerned with new rules on electronic marketing,
the government pushed ahead, with the bill receiving all-party support
and royal assent by the end of that year.
As my weekly technology law column notes (Toronto Star version, homepage version), two-and-a-half years later, the anti-spam law has still not taken
effect, awaiting long-delayed final regulations that have been the
target of an intensive campaign to water-down or repeal the legislation
before it ever takes effect.
Last week, government officials disclosed that the best-case scenario
for the law is that final regulations are released late this summer with
the implementation of the law delayed until the fall of 2014.
Moreover, many provisions may not become operational until at least
2017, eight years after the first anti-spam law bill was tabled in the
House of Commons.
TagsShareTuesday June 25, 2013