The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology has released its final report on CASL, Canada’s anti-spam legislation. While some groups pleaded for a legislative overhaul – Scott Smith of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce “urge[d] this committee to take a stand on this legislation and make recommendations for a significant overhaul” – the committee adopted a far more cautious tone, limiting the recommendations on substantive provisions to “clarifications” of the law. The emphasis on clarification (it even appears in the study title) is clearly intentional, stopping short of specifying any precise legislative amendments. I appeared before the committee, arguing that spam and spyware pose real risks and that there is evidence that the law has been effective in reducing spam and improving the effectiveness of electronic marketing.
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Appeared on October 30, 2011 in the Toronto Star as Anti-Spam Law in Limbo as Groups Seek Exceptions Last December, the government celebrated passing eight bills into law, including the long-delayed anti-spam bill. Years after a national task force recommended enacting anti-spam legislation, the Canadian bill finally established strict rules […]
The federal government has launched a new anti-spam site at FightSpam.gc.ca. The site will grow once new anti-spam law regulations take effect.
Following on the CRTC’s release of its draft anti-spam regulations, Industry Canada has posted its anti-spam regulations. The regulations cover the scope of personal and family relationship within the Act and the conditions for use of consent. There is a 60 day window for comment.