Anti-Spam Legislation


Earlier this week, the Federal Government introduced legislation to curb spam in Canada. Bill C-28, the Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act (FISA), replaces Bill C-27, which died on the order paper when Parliament was prorogued in December 2009.

According to Industry Canada’s website, Bill C-28:

“ . . . provides a comprehensive regulatory regime that uses economic disincentives to protect electronic commerce and is modelled on international best practices. To enforce the legislation, the bill would use the expertise, and expand the mandates, of the three enforcement agencies: the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, Competition Bureau Canada and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.”

Bill C-27 was a decent piece of legislation and it appears that C-28 is very similar.

As the CEO of the organization that runs the .CA registry and the Domain Name System that underpins it, I strongly support measures to reduce spam. It is the bane of our industry; an incredible amount of traffic on our servers is spam, and it is a drain on our resources.

I encourage Parliament to ensure the quick passage of Bill C-28.

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  • CIRA member

    Am I the only one who is fed up with the amount of spam CIRA SENDS out? Honestly, I get more unwanted mail from CIRA than from any other single source.

    To paraphrase Chomsky, “the 1st way to reduce spam is to stop sending it.”