The government continues to drag its feet on bringing forward anti-spam regulations – Canada’s anti-spam law received royal assent in 2010 but won’t take effect until 2013 at the earliest – but the CRTC seems determined to move things forward. Yesterday it released
two information bulletins that provide guidelines on how it will interpret the law and regulations. These include examples of appropriate opt-out mechanisms
and the use of toggling to obtain express consent
. The CRTC guidelines are helpful, but without movement from Industry Canada, the law will remain effectively dormant.