A U.S. court has awarded Facebook $873 million in damages arising from spam on the popular social networking site. The target of the suit is Adam Guerbuez and Atlantis Blue Capital of Montreal. The award is the largest ever under the U.S. Can-Spam Act. While it is unlikely that Facebook will receive payment, the decision highlights yet again how Canada has fallen woefully behind many other countries in the battle against spam. There are Canadian-based spamming organizations, yet no effective law in Canada to address the issue. Years after the National Task Force on Spam recommended legislation for Canada, no government has introduced anti-spam legislation, forcing organizations like Facebook to turn to U.S. courts to deal with a problem that originates in Canada. Moreover, despite including anti-spam legislation in its election platform, the issue was nowhere to be found in last week's Speech from the Throne.
November 24, 2008
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