Task Force on Spam

Stopping Spam: Creating a Stronger, Safer InternetOn May 17, 2005, Canada's Task Force on Spam completed a one year mandate and issued a final report entitled Stopping Spam: Creating a Stronger, Safer Internet. The report includes a range of recommendations including more rigourous law enforcement, public education, policy development and legislation.

Spam and other related threats have become a significant social and economic issue, affecting the business and personal productivity of citizens and economies around the globe. Spam now impedes the efficient use of e-mail for personal and business communications, and threatens the growth and acceptance of legitimate e-commerce. Spam has evolved from nuisance to a primary vehicle for spreading network harms – viruses, spyware and phishing.

On May 11, 2004, the Government of Canada established the Task Force on Spam to lead the Anti-Spam Action Plan for Canada.

The Action Plan called for consulting Canadians on how to best achieve the objective of curtailing the current flood of unsolicited commercial e-mail. To this end, the Task Force created the Task Force on Spam Online Public Consultation Forum and convened a Roundtable Meeting with Key Stakeholders on December 3, 2004.

News

Task Force on Spam Presents Final Report to Minister
Industry Canada News Release—May 17, 2005

Task Force on Spam Achieves Consensus for World's First Best Practices to Reduce Spam
Industry Canada News Release—December 3, 2004

Minister of Industry, Announces Measures to Combat SPAM
Industry Canada News Release—May 11, 2004