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Opinion: Anti-Spam Legislation Likely Delayed

PRIVACY LAW

November 4, 2011

Writing in the Ottawa Citizen that it's "déjà vu all over again," Michael Geist contends that the anti-spam bill will likely be delayed because "the same groups" are making "the same arguments" against passing the current draft legislation. Over the summer, Industry Canada and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission called for comments on the bill, which generated arguments to amend it. "Some of the suggested changes make sense," Geist says, "and have garnered near universal support...Yet, for every legitimate regulatory concern, there seems to be a group that wants to reopen the carefully crafted legislative compromise." Geist adds, "The relentless campaign against the legislation has proven effective as it appears virtually certain that the government will now delay its implementation."  
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