Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation

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On 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 Task Force on Spam brought together industry, consumers and academic experts to design a comprehensive package of measures to combat threats to the online economy. The Task Force report included a range of recommendations including more rigorous law enforcement, public education, policy development and legislation.

To address the legislative recommendations of the Task Force on Spam, the Government of Canada passed comprehensive legislation in December 2010, known as Canada's Anti-spam Legislation (CASL). The Act builds on successful legislative models in other countries. The intent of the legislation is to deter the most damaging and deceptive forms of spam, such as identity theft, phishing and spyware, from occurring in Canada and to help to drive out spammers.

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