Canada's anti-spam law goes too far

Posted in: Spam at 08/02/2012 17:45

The magnificent convenience of electronic communication should not be ruined by the nuisance known as "spam": the indiscriminate bombardment of people's e-mail inboxes. But the well-intentioned act of Parliament commonly known as Canada's anti-spam law overreaches in more than one way, unduly weighing down electronic commerce, and potentially affecting many Canadian companies - including The Globe and Mail, in its interactions with readers.

CASL became law in late 2010, and will probably come into force this year, but its regulations - which could add some welcome flexibility - have not been definitively settled.

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