Canada’s “New” Anti-Spam Law

As we reported last January ( Intellectual Property Law in 2011) Canada passed an Anti-Spam Law in December 2010 with the unwieldly title of “An Act to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy by regulating certain activities that discourage reliance on electronic means of carrying out commercial activities, and to amend the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, the Competition Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Telecommunications Act” (… guaranteed to trip up Twitter character limits).

The Anti-Spam Law, getting ready to celebrate its one-year birthday, is not yet in force.  It’s in a bureaucratic holding pattern as the regulations are drafted and redrafted. What this means in practice is that the government is navigating through the demands of various business and industry groups, all of whom want to avoid being saddled with high implementation costs. The law is not expected to take effect until 2012. Stay tuned.

Calgary – 07:00 MDT

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