Anti-Spam Bill Merits Close Attention

John Gregory recently mentioned the new anti-spam bill, the Electronic commerce Protection Act, Bill C-27.

My take on the bill is in my Free Press article for this week. It can be found on my blog, the Free Press site, and the Canoe tech pages.

In a nutshell, while the goal is laudible, the wording needs to be looked at very carefully before it is passed, as it has the potential to affect more than what we would typically consider spam. Indeed, it might be interpreted to prohibit things that business and consumers alike would consider normal.

It also has the potential to prohibit normal cookie and software update processes.

The monetary consequences for breach are high. Its crucial that the final language does not prohibit anything more than true spam.

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