1,000 Anti-spam Law Violations Reported by Canadians

In less than a week, CRTC has received more than 1,000 complaints regarding Canada’s new anti-spam law.  Hundreds of reports are being reported daily at fightspam.gc.ca  and investigators are already at work looking into whether companies have violated the new law.

 

There have been a number of complaints and the numbers continue to climb.  Canadians are seeing the importance of the legislation and they are reporting spam.

 

The federal legislation requires that businesses get written or oral consent before they send emails or other digital messages.  Companies must clearly identify themselves in each message and allow consumers to unsubscribe.  Businesses that violate the law could face financial penalties of up to $10 million per violation, while individuals could be fined up to $1 million per infraction.

 

CRTC cautions that the law will reduce the amount of spam Canadians receive but it will not eliminate all spam.  Consumers who wish to report unwanted spam emails can forward messages to spam@fightspam.gc.ca or fill out an online form to register a complaint.

 

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