Having reviewed the Electronic Commerce Protection Act provisions on anti-spam, enforcement, and do-not-call, the other major section in the bill are the provisions involving reforms to the Competition Act. The ECPA makes several important amendments to the statute to better ensure that false or misleading representations in electronic messages are captured by the law. This will mean that the Competition Bureau will have the power to investigate and take action against the use of false headers, false locator information, or the presence of false or misleading content in electronic messages.
The changes focus on parallel reforms to the false or misleading representation provisions and the deceptive marketing provisions. The Competition Act will now include a lengthy new provision on false or misleading representations in an electronic message. The three main offences, contained with Offences Related to Competition, are: