Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Senator's anti-spam bill is welcome news

The Canadian government's lack of action against spam has been one of the most puzzling policy failures in recent years.

While addressing a problem that has grown from a mere nuisance to a costly scourge that raises criminal concerns would seem like a no-brainer, successive industry ministers have failed to prioritize the issue.

The need for Canadian anti-spam legislation was the unanimous recommendation of the 2005 National Task Force on Spam, which included members from the Internet, marketing and consumer communities (I was a member of the task force).

The final report, which was received with approval from the current Conservative (then Liberal) Minister David Emerson, noted that Canada was quickly becoming one of the only Western countries to neglect the issue and was at risk of developing into a haven for spammers seeking refuge in countries with lax anti-spam regulations.

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