Sunday, April 26, 2009

Government of Canada Introduces Federal Anti-Spam Bill

CBC reports today on potent anti-spam legislation introduced Friday by Canada's Conservative government.

In the article, Industry Minister Tony Clement commented on the proposed Electronic Commerce Protection Act:

... Clement said the new legislation would give the government more power to prosecute spammers, and help protect consumers and businesses.

"Our proposed Electronic Commerce Protection Act will deter the most dangerous forms of spam, such as identity theft, phishing and spyware, from occurring in Canada, and will help drive spammers out of Canada," he said in a speech to the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, before the legislation was introduced.

The act would grant the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission expanded powers to deal with spammers, including the ability to impose fines of $1 million against individuals and $10 million against businesses, Clement said Friday.

For full text of the proposed legislation, see Bill C-27, The Electronic Commerce Protection Act.

(h/t - Toronto Marketing Blog)

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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