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FISA To Regulate Commercial Messages, Carry Steep Penalties

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

October 8, 2010

On yesterday's Privacy Tracker call, experts discussed Canada's Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act (FISA), which has been reintroduced to the legislature and is expected to pass either by the end of this year or by summer 2011. The bill, also known as C-28, aims to deter spammers by requiring expressed opt-in consent before any commercial electronic message could be sent from or received on a computer located within Canada. It also includes provisions on malware, the alteration of transmission data through "phishing," and would grant the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission new enforcement powers. But the scope of the law and its steep penalties, $1 million per violation for an individual and $10 million per violation for an organization, has some concerned. Privacy Tracker subscribers: Learn more about the bill in this post-call analysis on the Privacy Tracker Web site. Archived audio is also available. (Full story available to Privacy Tracker subscribers only.)
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