Gov’t To Launch Spam Reporting Center
ONLINE PRIVACYJanuary 6, 2012
The federal government is planning to launch a spam reporting center to crack down on unsolicited calls, texts and e-mails made to Canadians' cellphones and inboxes, The Montreal Gazette reports. Industry Canada is developing a division for identifying and analyzing trends in spam and threats to e-commerce, and private-sector bids closed this week on plans to help the government with the initiative. Dubbed "The Freezer," the center will accept unsoliciated electronic messages forwarded by their Canadian recipients, including spam, malware and misleading representations, the report states. Three agencies--the Canadian Radio-television and Telecomunications Commission, the Competition Bureau and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner--will analyze the collected messages.