Government of Canada suspends lawsuit provision in anti-spam legislation
“Canadians deserve to be protected from spam and other electronic threats so that they can have confidence in digital technology. At the same time, businesses, charities and other non-profit groups should have reasonable ways to communicate electronically with Canadians. We have listened to the concerns of stakeholders and are committed to striking the right balance.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Canada’s anti-spam legislation came into effect on July 1, 2014. The law generally prohibits individuals and businesses from sending commercial email to Canadians without their consent.
Three federal agencies that work at arm’s length from the Government share responsibility for enforcing the legislation: the Competition Bureau, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
Penalties for the most serious violations of the legislation can range from a maximum of $1 million for individuals and $10 million for businesses.
As part of an international law-enforcement effort in December 2015, the CRTC served its first warrant under the legislation to take down spam software on a computer server based in Canada.
Follow Minister Bains on Twitter: @MinisterISED
Karl W. Sasseville
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
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